Murderous Words – Slander

“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” Psalm 15

This Psalm is deep. Alot here to contemplate. That is why I come back to it again and again. Right now, though, I have slander on my mind. And the reason is this: There is this blogger, who claims to expose modern day heresies. She desires to protect the minds of naive college students and other Christians who purportedly cannot think for themselves. Some of the things she says are right on, others not so. The problem is, she slanders her way through blogging and broadcasting. She vitriolicly speaks the truth from her heart heaping slur upon slur on her brothers and sisters in Christ. She has done much damage pigeon-holing those she disagrees with. She has demonized them–creating one-dimensional characters out of human beings. Her methods defeat her purpose. She hopes to alert readers and hearers to heresies and apostasies by her tirades. Yet she alienates me and many others. If her tone were loving, if she would concede that she is probably wrong about some things as well–just like those she opposes, if she were humble, maybe she’d have better credibility. She does not seem to be acting like Jesus. I wish she would. It’s hard to believe that she genuinely thinks she is acting Christianly. It doesn’t seem like she is dwelling in God’s sanctuary on his holy hill even though she acts like she’s right smack dab on his hill.

It is a reminder to me and to whoever reads this: we will have to give an account for our words. James 1:26 says that if we don’t control our tongue, our religion is worthless. Seriously.

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