I am reminded of the 2016 campaign for president at the Republican National Convention. I must admit, I am not a political man in the sense I favor a particular political party, but I do like the history of politics. For the record, I vote for the most moral candidate and if no one fits that description, I abstain in that particular election. I like political history because there is always something to glean from all that rhetoric that can sometimes come back and bite them if they are not careful. If you recall, there was a particular theme of that Convention__the chant from the podium and the crowd was “Lock her up!”. The her of course was Donald Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. Several men made speeches which encouraged that chant. Men like Michael Flynn and Chris Christy just to name a couple. Oddly enough, Flynn will be locked up for lying to the FBI in its investigation of the Russian probe and its involvement in the 2016 election. Chris Christy was subsequently involved in a criminal investigation of his own that sent a few of his cabinet members to jail and had him in court testifying before a grand jury. It is worth noting that it was Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, who thought up the chant, “Lock her up”. It was a chant that he used in a foreign camapign involving a woman candidate. If you have been keeping up with the news, he too has been convicted and has pleaded guilty to several felony charges. “The point is, as the scripture conveys, “Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin” (Eccl 5:6). The only tool that I know of that gets sharper with constant use is the tongue. James said, regarding the tongue, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless,” (Jam 1:26).
Now we see President’s Trump appointee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, in a little difficulty which may or may not prohibit him from serving. A woman is now accusing him of a sexual crime that occurred more than 30 years ago. Mr. Kavanaugh once worked with Ken Starr in the investigation of Bill Clinton in the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to his impeachment. As an associate to Mr. Starr, Brett Kavanaugh once suggested a list of sexually graphic questions to ask President Bill Clinton in Clinton’s grand jury testimony about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Soon, he too will face sexually graphic questions about his past conduct. The point is our words matter. How we use our tongue can come back to us many years later. That is why we should never judge others harshly when we are guilty of similar acts. Remember, there is nothing hid that will not come to light (Mk 4:22). Also, be sure your sins will find you out (Nu 32:23). Therefore, if you must judge another, be 100% sure you are not guilty of what you condemn (Rom 2:21,22). Honestly, we are all guilty of doing that at least once or twice in our lives and it never comes out pleasant!
When Is The Best Time To Hold Your Tongue?
When you are tempted to make fun of sin: “Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor” (Pro 14:9). There is never a time when its good to look at sin in a joking or a sarcastic manner. That’s what Satan wants us to do, because when we take sin lightly, then we are more apt to be overcome by it. Sin is always serious because sin separates us from God, (Isa 59:2).
When you would be ashamed of your words later on in life: “All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse in them” (Prov 8:8). Every word that comes from our mouths should be righteous, for many reasons, but most specifically because later on, we won’t ever regret it. If you have even an iota of hesitation in something you are about to say, don’t say it. Why put yourself in a shameful position if it can be helped by not saying anything at all.
If your words could convey the wrong impression: “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit” (Prov 17:27). Someone is always watching, and you may never even know about it. It’s easy for our words to convey a wrong impression. If you call yourself a Christian but often use foul or perverse language, you can see how it might confuse a co-worker, a family member, or a friend. They may become confused and even question your faithfulness simply because of the words you have spoken.
Christians are responsible for sharing the Gospel with the world, and because of that, we must care about the words we speak. If we mix politics and division into our language, we will alienate those we are trying to teach the Word of God. I know it may seem harmless to mock those you hate or despise in the world of politics, it might even be fun for you to do so, but Christians must “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matt 5:44). Remember, not even the angels which are greater in power and might than we are dare not bring accusations about such people in authority (2 Pet 2:10,11). We not only represent ourselves, our families and our congregations, but we serve God and His Kingdom. For that reason, we think before we speak and if all else fails, we learn just to keep our mouths shut. “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive” (Prov 17:28). “Be you therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt 10:16).