But there is one area I am remarkably fast, lighting quick: My speech.
Faster than a speeding bullet are my articulated thoughts and opinions. The moment I think them is the moment before I speak them.
In the Bible, James declares, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak.”
In a day and age where you can tweet and blog and comment your opinions whenever you want to whomever you want, we have become Usain Bolt fast in our speech, even in the church. We have stopped thinking before we speak. We refrain from prayerful consideration. We think and we say it. No time between the thought and the expression of the thought.
You don’t believe me. Look at the constant and divisive discussions that take place on Facebook any given day. Even between fellow Christians. Today, I read multiple arguments on social media between people over the the events in Ferguson. Rather than edify and interact graciously, we go for the proverbial jugular to win the argument. There is a time and place for dialogue. Life is messy, it is not a utopia. And more importantly, we are called to speak truth. I am not saying don’t speak. But I am saying stop speaking so quickly. Put on the brakes.
Friends, slow down. Pray. Meditate. Reflect. Study the Scriptures. Seek wise counsel. Then empowered by God’s Spirit, speak with grace and truth.
Lastly, don’t forget where we should really be fast: LISTENING.
Have the fastest ears around. That is something I think we would all love to be able to boast about.