Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is prudent.” Proverbs 10:19 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “There are too many people doing too much talking.”
In yesterday’s message I pointed out that God created humans as relational beings and that we need positive and encouraging interactions with other people. I also noted that we can use our words to help or to hurt, to bless or to curse.
God created words. The ability to communicate with each other is intended by God to enhance our relationships and to meet that deep need within each of us to be nurtured by others in positive and encouraging ways. So you would think, since we live in “the information age”, with our 24/7 news cycles and social media platforms that provide us with near instantaneous communications with almost anyone else anywhere on the planet, that we would be awash in good, positive, affirming communications. Yes, you would think that. But the exact opposite is true.
The overwhelming volume of constant and instantaneous communication with others is, for the most part, not bringing us joy and adding meaning to our lives. Instead, sadly, texting, tweeting, and posting seem to have opened the floodgates for a tsunami of loud, angry, and highly opinionated voices. Suddenly everyone is a talk-radio host. Anyone with an opinion and a keyboard can gain an audience 24/7.
In their book, “Redeeming How We Talk” Ken Wytsma and A.J. Swoboda write, “The ability of humans to talk in dignified and respectful ways has fallen on hard times. It isn’t that the amount of information or words has declined, but rather that deep, transformational, and redemptive communication has fallen victim to the new realities of modern culture.” As Christians we need to prayerfully consider why God has given us the ability to communicate to begin with. Why did He make words so powerful and how does He intend for us to use them?
I stated in “Our thought for today”, that too many people are doing too much talking. It would probably be more accurate to say that too many people are doing too much talking that is not redemptive, nurturing, or encouraging. What if today everyone started to use their social media platforms for good instead of for bad? What if all of that constant and instantaneous information flow was lifting people up and blessing their socks off instead of provoking them and making them mad?