I am married to a man who has learned the wisdom of speaking slowly. It’s not because he’s slow of thinking. In fact, it’s just the opposite. He ponders his thoughts before sharing them with others. And he often chooses not to share what comes to mind because he realizes it isn’t profitable. I want to be more like him.
How I wish I could say the same for many on social media these days, both Christian and non-Christian alike.
The U.S. Supreme Court changed the course of history on Friday of last week when they ruled in favor of homosexual marriage. Ever since, social media sites have been soaked in the colors of the rainbow by those who are for it, and a plethora of words by those who oppose it. I’m sure our readers know where we stand, but you won’t hear us join the fray–at least not yet.
James 1:19-20 says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Charles Spurgeon had this to say about these verses, and we do well to listen–
“Because it is by the Word that we are begotten: let us be swift to hear it. “Slow to speak,” because there is so much sin in us that the less we speak the better. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin. Great talkativeness is seldom dissociated from great sinfulness.”
For now, we are praying…
- for our nation as it faces unchartered waters
- for those who believe with all their hearts that this is the freedom for which they have been searching
- for Christian leaders who must speak on this all-important issue to a mocking world
- most of all, that God will be glorified in His Church even in the midst of such opposition.