By just a quick glance on social media, it appears that everyone knows how to perfectly resolve violent shootings, racism, the entire health care system, and quite possibly world hunger.
I’m continually amazed at people’s abilities to resolve complex societal issues with a single clever tweet or a sarcastically disparaging Facebook post. (He said in a sarcastic undertone).
In the midst of all of our current fighting about today’s hot topic, the scriptures offer us a different way to approach difficult and challenging issues. It’s actually the brother of Jesus who offers these words, and I believe it’s the foundation for any healthy discourse.
Quick to Listen:
The moment after a tragedy is the time we must listen best. Discourse and discussion comes, but listening precedes opinion giving. Whether it’s gun control, various protestings, the #metoo movement, or some other hot topic issue just stop talking for a moment.
I promise you will have your chance to speak.
We are not called to remain silent, but rather slow down long enough to hear the cries of entire people groups.
Slow to speak:
Now that you’ve heard, it’s time to speak……slowly. Share your opinions and thoughts but from the perspective of understanding differing viewpoints. Listening shouldn’t stop when your talking begins.
Important note: Speaking slowly happens best away from social media.
There are times and places where voicing our opinion through social media is valuable and honorable. Just not all the time.
Instead of using the internet as your personal megaphone for today’s current issue, go have coffee with someone. Discuss difficult topics in person over a meal. Face to face conversations creates slower dialogue and gives you a better chance at listening.
Slow to get angry:
Our collective outrage is ruining this country’s ability to make any progress.
It’s all of our faults.
Not just the liberals or conservations or libertarians.
All of us are to blame.
But as followers of Jesus we must be different. Christians need to slow down, listen better, and speak slowly. Then when criticism follows your opinion be very slow to get angry.
God repeatedly shows undeserved patience toward us. Let us extend that same blessing toward others. Whenever a collective discourse arises don’t jump in with your thoughts immediately. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and even slower to get angry.
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