|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “When God repeats it, it’s because we need to hear it.”
This morning we conclude our study on “Changing the tone of the conversation”. I’ve now written on it for two full months. That’s fifty-three daily devotional messages based on fifty different Bible verses (I used 1 Peter 3:15-16 three times). In over eight years of writing these daily devotionals I’ve never written this much on any other subject.
Why so much on this topic? Two reasons: First, because God Himself has so much to say about it. The way we speak to others is such a hot topic for God that He teaches the lesson dozens and dozens of times, over and over again, all throughout the Bible. The fifty verses we looked at in these past two months are just part of a larger body of teaching from the Bible on this subject. I could easily have spent another month on the subject and we would still have verses left over. When God repeats a lesson so often, it must be one we need to learn.
The second reason is because the topic is so timely. As I’ve noted repeatedly over the course of these two months, the tone of our national conversation has become toxic and is getting worse. The problem is way beyond tweets from high profile leaders; it is more than just mean-spirited and biased news reports; it is worse than just the total paralysis in the halls of Congress; and it is even more of a problem than the scathing and bitter nonsense that fills all forms of social media today. The anger and hostility is so bad that it’s spilling over into the streets of our cities. Mobs of angry students on university campuses are pulling down Confederate statues in the middle of the night. Gangs of vicious masked ANTIFA thugs storm peaceful protests beating people with clubs. People on the street wearing a “Make America Great Again” ball cap are ganged up on and beaten. Government officials in a public restaurant, out for a peaceful family dinner, are confronted by angry mobs and driven from the establishment.
The toxicity is escalating, it is unsustainable, and it is being fueled by angry words. Words are powerful, they move people to action, and the time has come for all of us to do our parts to tone this down.
When God repeats a lesson, over and over again, dozens upon dozens of times in the Bible, it must be something we need to hear, and it must be something He intends for us to obey. I encourage you to do your part to help change the tone of the conversation.