Think-Speak

The statement cannot possibly be true because it contradicts itself. Since the statement is false, the person stating this is either ignorant of the contradiction or is intentionally attempting to deceive. Stated in frustration or in deception, it is just wrong.

There is this expression one hears: “I just can’t say anything right.” Well, let’s think about that. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for the Christian is watching what we say. Words are such powerful entities and should be used with reservation and caution. They can be used to great harm: “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth” (Proverbs 26:20). They can be used to help greatly: “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

A Christian should not use “double-speak,” a language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort true meaning. “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour” (Zechariah 8:16). Again, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). A Christians should be proficient in “think-speak,” a deliberate, precise use of words that convey, to the best of one’s ability, the truth.

Our culture loves politically correct, ultra-tolerant euphemisms and it has oozed over into religion. Paul, an example we are to imitate (1 Corinthians 11:1), failed “PC.” He did not call lost souls “unchurched” (2 Corinthians 4:3), nor did he ever preach that a person was to “accept Christ” but, in fact, taught that we should make righteous choices so as to be accepted by Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 9; cf. Acts 10:35); he taught that we should “accept” the Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4). Why not stick with the Bible’s record of response to the Gospel: “and many of the Corinthians (did not “accept Christ” but upon) hearing believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8).

We need plain religious language today. Muddled, foggy and non-biblical communication benefits no one. The notion that kindness supersedes content, or that the two are contradictory, disregards the importance and possibility of conveying the right message with the right attitude (Ephesians 4:15). We must teach sinners an unpleasant truth: sinners are lost; then, give them true hope in Christ! So, Paul boldly proclaimed: “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech” (2 Corinthians 3:12).

JDS