Three days–three responses

Ok, so it works–this blogging stuff!  What potential power I have at my fingertips! Imagine what the Apostle Paul would do with e-mail correspondence and blogging?  The sermons he’d preach!  And more recently, what would Martin Luther write in theses # 96, 97, and 98?

And today, thanks to the instant communication people all over the world are rising up for human rights.  Poor Genie has certainly been freed from her bottle.  But with each new freedom comes new responsibility, especially for God’s kids.  We have a higher standard of communication to maintain.  Trashing others; demonizing our leaders;  poisoning the minds against people we don’t even know–ouch.  I read in James 3 about the difficulty of controlling the tongue.  How much more we need to control our fingertips from passing on untruths, half-truths and degrading comments about fellow believers.

James 3:9 says we praise God and curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.”  As the MESSAGE paraphrase says, “My friends, this can’t go on.  A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish water the next.  You can’t dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water…”

Something I need to think when I am tempted to send that titillating joke belittling President Obama or the slur that mocks Representative Michelle Bachman.  These may be the very  siblings next to whom I will one day bow to welcome back my King.  And as I tease Richard when he gets frustrated when cut off in traffic,  “Careful, that driver may be your next door neighbor in heaven.”   Note:  I only use this response when my spouse is mildly irked, not when he’s fuming.  That’s when it’s time to bite my tongue.   :-)

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