"The power of Life and Death are in the tongue." ... Proverbs 18:21
Many of us are still reeling from what happened in Tucson, Arizona yesterday, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff and other innocent people. Chalk up another horrible day of history for our Country--the ugly list continues growing.
I've told you before that I am a reader of message boards and well, yesterday they were far bloodier than usual. Oh, the ravaging flames directed toward Sarah Palin and her Tea Party groups!
And even though I'm no huge fan of Ms. Palin nor Tea Party Politics I was tempted, at first, to defend them, to insist they had nothing to do with the mentally disturbed young man who killed/wounded all those people. But the more I read that Gabrielle Giffords was one of the politicians put into the crosshairs of that Tea Party chart, well, I am horrified.
All the Tea Party gun rhetoric of past months! I'd not paid much attention (again, not being a fan and only respecting their right to gather and speak their minds), but snips and pieces are coming to mind (I recall the "Reload!" thing made me gasp!) and are now returning in print to haunt us all. And everyone is paying a price --the battle in our Nation is again raging and the smoke is heavy over our land.
Our words--oh, they are powerful. And although I'm not saying that the gun rhetoric of the Tea Party even nudged this confused man to shoot into that crowd, I am saying that all the gun-speak has taken a serious toll and backfired and returned to haunt and vilify and condemn much of the Republican Party.
No man can tame the tongue--only God can. And I believe He works with us and works with us to yank out the ugliness which causes us to speak foolish words and words of hatred and separation. For it goes deeper than just teaching the tongue to keep quiet. What God wants is to remove the sin which would set our tongues aflame, to speaking unedifying, damaging words in the first place.
And today that's what I'm asking God to do in me--a deeper cleansing work.
And now, because of what has happened in our Country, I believe a responsibility lies upon us as Christians to speak with twice as much compassion and wisdom as before. No, we cannot make up for this latest tragedy, but we can use our tongues to aid in healing our Country through the power of the words only God can give us.
Not our words, but His. Not our (political, emotional, selfish) will, but His, be done.
Matthew 12:37 ... "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Originally I used a Huffington Post article for the Tea Party chart, but that added some unforseen problems, so I switched to the TCM article which I feel is a better representation anyway.