James 3: 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Gene Hackman has always been one of my favorite actors. In Superman II he plays Lex Luther, a criminal, who is assisting General Zod from the planet Krypton, in finding Superman. They go to the Daily Planet Newspaper to find out from Lois Lane Superman’s whereabouts. As they enter the office one of General Zod’s hatchet men destroys the office partitions on his way to Perry Whites office. Gene Hackman comes in after the destruction, dusts himself off, observes the destroyed offices and under his breath says, “For all this accumulated knowledge when will these dummies learn to use a doorknob?” It reflects a good point.
When will the leaders in Washington D.C. learn that words are powerful, words can unite or divide, words can cause life or death? The shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana by a left wing partisan is a reminder that our words and attitudes have a direct affect on the thinking and behavior of others. The vitriol, hateful language, inappropriate humor toward the President of the United States is fermenting some people to take up arms and start shooting the opposition.
The Bible has the final word on this topic. “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark” (hateful words.) We cannot condone hateful personal language toward our governmental leader without accepting responsibility for the actions of others it produces.
Just a few minutes ago a young women, Michelle Carter, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter when she kept texting her boyfriend encouraging him to commit suicide. Tragically he did commit suicide. The judge ruled that Michelle’s WORDS directly contributed to his death. It is a good ruling.
What we say has power. We need to be wise and careful how we speak of one another. Whether the congressmen and women in Washington D.C. want to accept it or not their hateful and vulgar language directly contributed to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.
It is time we get a hold on our tongue and started caring about one another. We need to return to kindergarten and truly learn the meaning of the a little poem we all memorized, “Stick and stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me!’ In fact words do hurt us and can get us killed.