“A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife”(Proverbs 15:18 KJV).
I read on MSN Now, how a Papa Johns driver was irate about a customer and voiced his anger to the coworker. What he did not know is that his racial remarks about the black customer was being recorded by his own cell phone. His butt dialed the customer’s number and… he was caught.
What does this tell us about the world?
Or more specifically- Us?
Racism is something that has defined America(and some other countries) for quite some time. It was the defining factor for segregating jobs, homes, love life, education- anything. Some groups were more dominant than others because they fit the bill of those with more resources.
I will not be giving a history lesson here, but will say that appearance and peer pressure have caused people to think differently and be accepted by the masses.
But what does God see and hear?
Words. Logos. Terms. Believe it or not, words define people, places things, and shapes ideas- they build up people and tear them down. Folks online say, “Oh, it was the driver’s opinion.” He can give out a racial slur anytime. Um, no.
But what does God say? Is it mere opinion or is there a hate somewhere in the soul of the speaker? When I speak, I want to speak life even when I am speaking truth. Now, I am unsure as to what the customer did or didn’t d0 tot he driver- but referring to someone’s race or appearance really does not explain anything and it shows lack of control on the speaker’s part.
The Bible says in James 3:8 that the tongue is a tiny organ and while we may control ships with a small helm- we can not master our tongues. We have problems controlling it. We are all guilty of allowing this thing to dominate conversations and tear people down.
The true challenge is can we use our speech to build others up? Can we let truth spill from our mouths without it dripping poison? Are we strong enough to do that?
Through Christ we can.
Don’t be like the Papa Johns Driver, getting caught up in the moment thinking no one hears you. We are to be on guard at ALL times.