The Digital Tongue

The text today is found in James 3:5-10:

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.”

This not only applies to your physical tongue, but your digital one as well. Social media, blogs, and other online outlets in which we express ourselves through words are applicable in this passage.

“Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!”

Think about Facebook and Twitter these days. How many arguments are on social media? How many friendships and families ruined?

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”

I, for one, have spent more time arguing with and admonishing other Christians on social media than I have trying to be a good witness to the unsaved. Sometimes those conversations can become very heated and result in the loss of friendships with believers. This is a defiling of the whole body of Christ.

“For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

People these days are poisoned by words. It no longer matters whether or not the harm is real or imagined, the consequences are quite real.

The old adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” rings true no more. The things we say, in person or online, can result in some very heavy consequences. We are aware of “cancel culture.” We have witnessed the President of the United States be completely censored and censured over his untamed words.

The same will likely happen to all of us who allow our thoughts to run rampant.

“Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

We should use our words to praise God, not talk trash to one another. We should tell others about the Savior, not argue over politics or conspiracy theories. We should exhort fellow Christians, not ruin relationships by publicly chastising them over minor differences.

I decided to eliminate social media at the first of the year. I do not miss it at all. I have been quite humbled to understand that most people do not care what I have to say.

My blog makes no money. I have very little readership. The only impact I seem to have is with arguing on Facebook and losing friends – which was NEVER my intention.

I wanted to use these platforms as a means to reach others for Christ. I wanted to show practical applications for Bible verses and, perhaps, influence someone to read the Bible, go to church, and get saved.

But the tongue kindles fire and is poison to many.

I might not post as often on Simmons Opinions. I expect no financial success. I only hope to maintain a Biblical worldview and keep a record of my Bible reading to use as a devotion for my kids or someone interested in how the Bible applies to the real world in real time.

Thank you for reading.

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