Words that bite butts
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
After the results of our recent presidential election, this verse is not only timely but also helpful. Using intimidation, slander, and harsh words will never win people over. I do not understand using such tactics as political strategies. Political ideas must be debated not shut down with name calling. For some reason, the person who does not see eye to eye with Obama has been labeled a racist for the last 8 years. And now, the ones who didn’t vote for Hillary are labeled immoral, women hating, alien oppressing, white supremacist bigots. I didn’t vote for Obama or Hillary and I am none of these things.
The bottom line is that our country is indeed divided. That means, when we go to work, school or even the mall, half the people there do not see eye to eye with the other half. It is completely unproductive for either side to sling mud. If one side wants to persuade anyone from an opposite viewpoint, simply explain why. Explaining the merits of your ideology is more productive than demeaning the ones you wish to convert. However, no one really does this, and here’s why – our leaders themselves never say things that are good and helpful...
Within days of being elected, our last leader did not lead. He used intimidation and harsh, unhelpful words when he said, “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” This offended the half of the country that did not vote for him, and it did noting to prepare his “side” for the spot they’re in now.
To everyone trying to win arguments on Facebook today with belittling, name calling, and rage, take God's words to heart instead, (Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.) so that your own words won’t one day bite you in the butt.
I pray for all who are distracted by what is being said in the news and social media. Let us continue to work hard, lead a quiet life, and mind our own business. Help us to have constructive conversations that do not erupt in violence. But I pray that when they do that you will continue to protect us and equip us to defend those who can’t defend themselves. Thank you for showing us how to live by your Son, helping us through your Holy Spirit, and teaching us real right from real wrong in your Word. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.