To the Journal editor:
As one who is a Christian by choice, I am saddened when I hear Christians utter demeaning words towards others and then seek to justify those words with, "I have a right to express my thoughts. I am free to say whatever I wish."
Well, while sitting at McDonald's yesterday morning, I read these words from Galatians: For you have been called to live in freedom-not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. (5:13)
Question: when what we think we have a right or freedom to say is on the tip of our tongue, would it not be good to take one more moment to ask, "Which nature am I satisfying: my sinful nature, or my Christ-within-me nature?"
We have just come through a time of vitriolic political blasts and destruction. Although the ads are gone, the practice will not cease entirely; the average day has more than enough to satisfy Satan's appetite. But before we speak, let us stop and think about what it is that we claim.
If we claim Christ, then we have no right or freedom to utter words that bite, devour and destroy one another. Butwe do have every right and freedom, and are even called, to offer words that build up and edify one another.
In one way or another, every word we utter comes back to us. Will our rights and freedoms haunt us on our pillow at night? Or will they result in a peaceful sleep because our hearts are smiling? Our words impact a lot of worlds, for a long, long time.