JESUS said, "I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgement; for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. " Matthew 12; 36-37
When I was a child, my mother would say not to pay attention to words that were mean and malicious and she would sing a little song, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me." And her mother, my grandmother would also say, "consider the source" of any hateful or mean words and not to be bothered by the words of any person whom I did not respect, and she would say 'if you cannot say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. " Be nice is a common theme especially for girls and many women grow up thinking they must keep negative opinions to themselves.
In light of the above Scripture that could be somewhat confusing. The words of JESUS say that words indeed do matter and that GOD will judge us each individually for the words we speak. Does that mean to not voice negative concerns? JESUS HIMSELF called those of HIS day who were intent on crucifying HIM, a "generation of vipers" and "whitewashed tombs clean on the outside and full of dead men's bones on the inside". And of course, in reporting events of any nation, there must be a truth telling of them as they occur if the PRESS is to have any meaning to the people at all.
Therefore, I wonder if you know what type of words I am talking about as being the kind of words that GOD will judge? I have some acquaintances whose words are what I consider blasphemy at times. Those words when I hear them, certainly do upset me and there is in me a feeling of despair, because it means to me that the person who spoke those blasphemous words is not in right relationship to THE LORD JESUS. Is there any true believer who does not worry about the condition of one's soul and the condition of those souls who do not know/acknowledge JESUS as Saviour? Do not the Muslims even feel that they must also convert others [I've been told this] in order to win their paradise? The idea that we who believe must positively influence those who do not believe is one of the foundations of Christianity since JESUS said, "go and teach all nations whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I AM with you always even to the end of the world." [ see Matthew 28:18-20 KJV]
Therefore in the process of attempting to persuade a nation to turn from its sins must not we all tell the truth even if that truth is not convenient, and even if the truth causes anger at the realization of others that they are perceived differently than they think they are? JESUS also said, "ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." John 8;32
I think about words a lot because GOD HIMSELF spoke into being the very universe. HE said, "let there be light" and it was so, according to Scripture. There were also times when JESUS said nothing,for instance when HE was on trial for upsetting the organized religion of HIS day by guess what? Speaking the truth that GOD is a Spirit and does not reside in idols and "groves" but in heaven. Someone told me recently that I had made a "lot of enemies" by being prolife and opposing sodomy. That could be true but I don't let it worry me. What does worry me though is when I hear someone blaspheme GOD and HIS HOLY NAME and/or use GOD's name as a profane word, or a curse word. I pray then for that person and I pray that the US as a nation will begin again to teach the reverance and the Holiness of the Name of GOD to every person; and also expect it from others. There was a time according to the English literature that even those who had no faith did not persecute those who do, nor did they revile the Name of GOD. It was not socially acceptable whether one believed or not. It is sad that in America such drastic change in the attitudes of the population have occurred in the past 30-35 years looking back from the perspective of history. I think how do we get back what the nation collectively has lost--the reverance for the NAME of GOD? My conclusion is that people who do believe must continue to raise the issue with those who do not believe and we must collectively raise up a standard, a banner to the NAME of GOD. Finally, I have "arrived" at the moral of this entry. It is written, "it is a good thing to give Thanks unto THE LORD, and to sing praises unto THY NAME, O MOST HIGH." Psalms 92: 1