We live in a very interesting time.
We have at our disposal capabilities that we, as human beings, have never seen before.
We can say something on Twitter or Facebook, and instantly someone across the planet can read it.
Our words have been given wings that they have never ever known.
This is freeing, yet dangerous all at the same time.
For some, their words have gotten them in quite a bit of trouble… maybe because it wasn’t politically correct or because what they said was just plain stupid… either way, there are occasions where people use their words and they’re almost instantly judged and condemned by the masses.
However, many people end up saying whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want without any real recourse. Because it’s a “human right” to have “free speech”, right?
Not if you’re a follower of Christ.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful that I live in a country where I’m free, for the most part, to speak my opinion. However, for believers in Jesus, there’s a higher standard that trumps such “rights”.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36-37
Apparently our words carry weight, regardless of what nation we pledge allegiance to.
As Christians we do not necessarily have the right to say what we want, when we want, however we want.
Jesus was clearly making a point that what comes out of our mouth will be weighed and judged by a higher standard.
This has many implications for our daily lives… but really boils down to this. Take your words seriously. Don’t just assume because you have a Twitter account you can let the tweets fly.
Our words carry intense weight, thus it’s imperative we chose them wisely.