We have come to an age and culture that is in anarchy and chaos. With endless law and regulations recorded in the courts across the world, we see less order and unity now than we have in ages. Sadly, it is not difficult to tell what the source of change is. A simple review of history across the world shows the same common theme, as nations move away from God, their cultures become less stable.
In our current culture, it is much too easy to weigh in on every difference of opinion. The web has given us social media; which in turn has somehow licensed the world and especially this country to drop all semblance of manners and decorum and weigh in on all matters of opinion. And since such intervention is two dimensional, we have no fear of reprisal beyond being blocked from another’s account.
As God’s chosen people—wholly and dearly loved, we ought to heed Solomon’s warning—mind your own business and be honest. Watch your mouth, don’t use filthy language, spread gossip or be a source of conflict. 20 years ago, most would agree. Now, such behavior and restraint makes people seem aloof, out of touch and somehow socially irresponsible. Funny thing, though—those who practice social grace and restraint grow to be loved and trusted. It is so rare, that over time such people become the most attractive and needed people in the community. We need to choose to be those that stand out as ladies and gentlemen—it could literally be the source of revival.
God Bless You
Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
18 Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death 19 is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. 21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. 22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart. 24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit. 25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts. 26 Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. 27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them. 28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.