Did I just say that out loud?

In a blogging, Facebook, Twitter world… we live “out there.” We let the thoughts roll… and roll… and roll…

It’s creating a culture, not just a generation, of thoughtLESSness.

I’ve done it. I get aggravated with someone in traffic and as soon as I’m able I’m on Facebook typing furiously, “Dear bozo in the right line on I-35W this morning at 7…”

Like that guy is going to read it! 

Growing up I had such a hard time simply thinking without blurting it out. Social media makes my job infinitely harder.

There was a term I heard growing up that I don’t hear anymore: social graces. 

We don’t care for them. The brasher we are, the more followers we get. And that seems to be the name of the game.

The horses are out of the barn on all of this, I’m sure, but I’m still reminded of Scripture and the wisdom we find in learning to keep things in a little more.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips. (Ps. 141:3, NIV)

How is it accomplished?

But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death. (Ps. 141:8, NIV)

Sometimes we are good to be reminded that having two eyes and two ears and only one mouth might serve some great purposes.

Speaking Well of Others

It won’t happen in this political season, but it’s a nice thought regardless. Just because political operatives don’t want to abide by this rule is no excuse for the Church to ignore it. It could serve us well.

As Benjamin Franklin so beautifully put it, “I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.”