This past weekend, a good friend of mine flipped one of my most favorite quotes. St. Francis of Assisi stated, “Preach the gospel to all the world, and if necessary use words.” By this he meant to live out our Christian lives by our actions. It’s when we open our mouths…well, you get the point.
In today’s age, it is absolutely necessary to use our words along with our actions. Let me make this very clear to all the Facebooker’s & Tweeter’s out there. When we want to provide inspiration, encouragement, or that “boom” factor to all our “friends” & “followers” what do we do? We post a quote, song lyric, inspirational message, or verse from the bible. Hmmm, interesting that those are all WORDS. People can be infected by words, changed by words, and even manipulated by words (just ask your local politician). So it is vital that we, as Christians, find our voice. Yes, I will show you the love of Christ, but “if I’m not speaking life in to you, I’m killing you” (see previous post: So much to say, yet nothing’s communicated). If I don’t speak Jesus to those that are fallen, or that simply don’t understand, I’m guilty of sentencing them to eternal damnation. This isn’t a game of charades. You will be remembered by what you say, and even more importantly in today’s world, by what you post. Do you realize that you’re leaving your mark on the world? When you read through History, we judge an individual’s character by what they said through their personal journals or diaries. In my Nana’s day, she listened to those she admired on the radio. Not too long ago, we paid attention to those we loved on the television. Now, we’re reading again, but this time it’s blogs, posts, and tweets.
We need to understand how important our words are. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of most profound speeches in American history with only 270 words on the battlefield at Gettysburg. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out to America that it would “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.” Even last night, I noticed someone post on Facebook, “insert inspirational quote”. We all understand the importance of our words and the affect they can have on our lives. It simply comes down to a matter of who is willing to listen. In fact, I read a great quote just last night. Mark Twain stated beautifully, “The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Don’t forget that the things you’re posting and tweeting are etched in to your digital footprint and will follow you for the rest of your life.
The final aspect to consider are those whom we respect, admire, and emulate throughout time. They are the one’s who put action behind their words. Words are just words, unless they inspire action. Yet, words can also steal, kill, and destroy. They can take your breath away, or rob you of your character. They can encourage or kill someone’s spirit. In the end my Christian brothers and sisters, it’s vitally important to speak up for Jesus Christ and the freedom that you’ve been given. Be a complete Christian. Bridle your tongue from being deceitful and arrogant, and show love to this world by the way you live your life in Christ.