Politicians are pretty interesting people to watch when they speak. Their goal is to win over their audience to whatever they are pushing for. Whether they are running for office and want to win the vote or they are trying to get the public to accept their new bill or policy. Unfortunately, some politicians pre-plan every word they speak and others don’t plan enough. It only takes one wrong word to cause the speech maker’s goals to not be met. As Christians we too, need to watch what words we speak. Our words will protect us or destroy us. They will keep us from trouble or throw us head first in to it. We will glorify God with our words or we will cause people to question our faith and our God. Here are two great Proverbs that remind us of these points:
Proverbs 12:13 – An evil man is trapped by [his] rebellious speech, but the righteous escapes from trouble.
Proverbs 13:3 – The one who guards his mouth protects his life; the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
Like the Politicians, we as Christians, have a goal. We are to glorify God in everything we do. It just makes common sense therefore to guard our speech. We need to resist temptation to speak instantly when asked a question, insulted, angered or hear an off-colored joke. We need to stop and think. We need to pray more often before we rashly speak out or up. As Christians, we need to think more about our words as if they were to save our life, keep us from ruin or trouble. We need to apply “Politician Speak” to our speech. In other words, be concerned about what we say like a Politician is concerned about what they say.