Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NASB)
Last week was a rough week, especially if you are a resident of Florida. I’m only one state away in Georgia, but things were pretty tense here too. No one knew if the violence would be contained or not. We have to wonder if Atlanta is pretty high on the target list. And of course the president didn’t help things much with his typical rewind speech on Muslim tolerance and gun control. He wants to know how it would help any for him to identify the enemy as radical Islam. He says the words don’t matter. If they don’t matter, why can’t he say them?
Through the ages, people have extolled the value of words, both for good and evil. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” (Edward Bulwer-Lytton) “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.” (Confucius) “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. (George Orwell)
Advertisers certainly know the value of words. They spend millions to get celebrities to use their words in support of their products. As a writer, I sometimes spend days struggling to find exactly the right words to express my thoughts. Even then, I sometimes fail. I do wish to guard my tongue, but I also feel called to “speak the truth in love.” Sometimes love has to be tough love. I know some of my Facebook friends don’t like political statements, and to them, I apologize and recommend they read no further. But I can’t help but speak.
The president has a staff of speech writers to make sure he finds the perfect words to express his thoughts. The argument could be made he’s being wise. After all, Proverbs does say, “He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from trouble.” Unfortunately, Mr. Obama does not guard his tongue any more than Mr. Trump guards his. They just seem to have opposite views about who the enemy is. Why is the idea of Americans being prepared to defend themselves against terrorists so abhorrent to him? Why can’t he call an Islamic terrorist a terrorist? Who is he afraid of offending? Certainly it’s not the American people. He’s been offending many of us with his words without ceasing for almost eight years now.
The president claims to be a Christian. Yet he also seems to have no fear of offending God. He redefined marriage after thousands of years. He refuses to put any limits on abortion whatsoever in spite of clear science which proves the personhood of preborn babies. He even usurps God’s definition of gender as male and female to a vague concept of “gender identity” which has absolutely no basis in biology, but instead is a self-identification which is nothing more than delusion. His definition of “Christian” must also differ from mine. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3) That’s my definition. Mr. Obama seems to put Allah on a par with God, at the very least. “By this they will know we are Christians, that we have love for the brethren.” A Christian woman died this week in Orlando too. Her death has been largely ignored. His love is only expressed for his Muslim and LGBT brethren, not Christians (which in itself is ironic since the two are deadly enemies). I only say this because our God will have the last word! His Word spoke the world into being, and it will stand forever. He, and He alone, is the final and righteous Judge. And He will have the last word.
Question of the Day: What would you have liked to hear the president say this week?