How Should We Speak?

I was reading Ephesians and came to this part- “29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4-29:32)

So how should we speak? According to the good progressives pretty much everything I have to say is evil, sinful, cruel and wrong. The progressive/Methodist concept is if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all- at least when talking about certain things. They pretty easily throw this out the window when talking about anything that offends them, of course.

I’ll admit to being a pretty angry person, and inclined to speak harshly. I try to deal as much as I can in observable facts and reality. A lot of people don’t like reality and don’t want to hear about it. Jesus and the apostles- telling people true stuff they didn’t want to hear, got killed for it. A pretty offensive bunch of guys.

Another approach would be to deliver the truth in the gentlest, most palatable way possible, so as to win over and not offend your target audience. Mainstream conservatives try to do this to some extent, but just get shouted down, vilified and mocked. If people are not going to listen to you, if they are going to vilify and mock you, you may as well just come out and say it. Being half-truthful, ineffective and failing is worse than being truthful, ineffective and failing.

Inadmissible, offensive ideas that are thought to be neither politically or socially permissible or Christian are primarily racial differences, gender differences, and sexual morality. The argument on racial differences is the strongest. People from all nations can worship God and be Christian, but that doesn’t mean they can or should combine. Theoretically you can have a “color-blind” society based on behavior and performance, but neither non-whites nor progressives accept this, only a society of forced equality for non-elites. The Bible and reality are both quite clear on gender differences.

Sexual morality gets more complicated. Ideas that are not Christian, but lately spliced into progressive/Methodist thinking, say that love is love, just let people do what they want, it’s mean not to. Antibiotics, birth control, and sterile surgical abortion seemed to make this work for a few years. Then came AIDS. And, as the father-in-law in “The Hangover” says, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas- except herpes.”

The psychological and social effects of widespread sexual immorality are harder to pin down, but young women playing the field for years seems to have had a pretty bad effect on marriage and family life.

So what’s wrong with coming out and saying this? Alistair, of Alistair’s Adversaria, once said we need to speak gently and carefully to homosexuals. But why, exactly? They are very powerful people who tolerate no dissent. They are exactly the kind of people who need to be spoken to directly.

The same applies to women and blacks. All these groups- gays, women, blacks- are encouraged to think of themselves as oppressed, although they are actually very powerful, and to act badly. All this creates a great deal of social destruction, from disease to broken families to ruined cities.

Ideally we should speak the truth with love. Usually all I can reach for is the truth, but a lot of things, situations and people aren’t lovable.

 

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  1. I think it’s important to remember that Paul was addressing the ekklesia in Ephesus — the “called out ones” — and he was referring to how they related to each other. Christianity has a long, tired history of trying to apply the Scripture to the world at large (see, for example, the centuries of wasted time and effort in attempting to “convert” nonwhite nations, none of which after all this effort have become anything even remotely resembling a “Christian” society). We should treat the people who demonstrate that they are walking in the spirit of our Father (not those who merely say “I got saved” or “I’m a believer,” because then we’re back to being forced to call niggers and “messianic Jews” and other nonwhites our “brothers”) like what they are: family. Our families can drive us insane with their pettiness and foolishness and quirks, but we cut them slack because they are family. I believe this is what Paul and the other NT writers were doing when they enjoined their followers to be gentle, kindly, self-sacrificing, etc. They weren’t referencing those whom Christ Jesus called “vipers” and “hypocrites,” etc.

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