The Quick, Sharp and Ignorant Tongue

James 3:3-5

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  Look at the ships also:  though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

A previous post about the book of James (Shut Up and Listen) dealt with the subject of the unbridled tongue and its consequences.  I cited James 1:19-20 where James tells the followers to shut up and listen, think before you speak.  For a quick retort can lead to anger and anger does not produce righteousness.

James goes on to speak of the problems of a swift and sharp tongue.

James 1:5-10

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.  The tongue is set among our members, straining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.  For every kind of beast and bird, or reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue,  It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessings and cursing.  My brothers these things ought not to be.

What comes out of our mouths, the unfiltered babble, creates more strife in the world than any politician, personality or situation.

Today we have transferred that quick, sharp and ignorant tongue to social media as well.

Everyone has an opinion and a vast majority are quick, I mean super quick, to share their thoughtless, unfiltered, unbridled opinion with the click of a mouse.

We babble.  We just stream our thoughts without editing or giving pause to study the accuracy or sense of the statements.  And we give no thought to the consequences of what we are saying.

From leaders, to celebrities, to trolls, to just regular otherwise good people, we are all ready to share what we think, even though it’s just a big pile of crap that we haven’t taken the time to sift through before giving it a fling.

We’re even more inclined to let the stupid, incendiary remarks fly because we don’t see, hear or feel the consequences.

Who’s going to stand face to face with someone and insult them, insult their faith, their beliefs, their intelligence, their lifestyle, etc.?  No one, except for the true psychotics and sociopaths who are out there.

Most of us would hold our tongues out of fear, out of not wanting to hurt someone or not wanting to be hurt by the recipient of our insults.

But get us behind that firewall and suddenly the unfiltered tongue takes on a whole new persona.

It’s in our face every time we open our browser or app.

The tongue so small and yet it is so destructive, and your keyboard or keypad is just an extension of your tongue.

Take the time to edit your tongue.  Tame the beast or put a sock in it.

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