About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
And Free Speech
Among all of the other
controversies that are swirling around in our cultural confusion these
days is the right of free speech. The
present controversy is over government imposing restrictions on our
freedom to express ourselves on our favourite social media site.
One of the freedoms that America
was founded on was the right of individual expression, or free speech,
as we call it. To one degree
or another, much of the western world has followed
I recall the old rhyme
saying this: "Give him an inch and he'll take a mile."
If we are honest, it's a mile that many in our culture, including
Christians, are taking with free speech these days.
Our sinful human nature is being exposed for all to see and read
on the internet, the streets, and even in the church.
I find it extremely sad to see and hear Christians behaving just
as unchristian as non-Christians in this respect.
You may live in a nation
that espouses free speech, at least within certain legal parameters, but
Christians have a higher authority to answer to than their
national government. Your
nation's constitution may provide you with freedom of speech, but the
constitution of the Kingdom
"My dear brothers
and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow
to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce
the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, ridding yourselves of all
moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, humbly receive the
implanted word, which is able to save your souls."
All that we do, say, and
type on our keyboards as Christians is to be done, said, and typed in
compliance with the constitution of the Kingdom of God.
We do not have freedom to speak whatever we want and whenever we
want and to whomever we want. It
does not matter what our government or culture tells us or offers us on
this issue. As Christians,
we have limited speech, not free speech.
Our speech is to humbly and honestly reflect the moral character
qualities of the Lord Jesus Christ, the ultimate universal authority to
whom we submit our lives. We
are to be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
We are to weigh our words before they leave our lips.