Speaking Your Mind-Is It The Wise Thing

Young people speaking their minds. Meeting so much resistance… – Buffalo Springfield

There was a news item about which types of people were likely voters for Donald Trump for President. The report pointed to college students who “wanted to be able to say whatever they felt like saying.”

This sounds pretty adolescent. But we’d expect that from an age group trying at the same time to grow up and to remain a kid. We’ve all been there (I remember with chagrin). I’m sure it’s a reaction to “political correctness” where we try not to use words that denigrate groups of people. I keep writing about that use of language.

But cleaning up language is a great way to clean up thinking as well as actions.

We learned a long time ago as soccer referees that if we dealt with the use of certain language by players–especially at the adult and college-age level–the game would go much better.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body. — James

Yes, we can say anything we want. Perhaps the college kids referenced in the article (who may not even exist except in the mind of the reporter) really wish for the ability to “speak their minds” without repercussion. Oops. That isn’t going to happen. James pointed it out 2,000 years ago. Solomon, in the Proverbs, pointed it out 500 years before that.

Is it the wise thing to do?–Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley has been speaking on “Is it the wise thing to do?” Some things sound so good until we weigh it against our present and our future. It may not look so good. We may get some sort of personal emotional release, but at what expense?

Like Peter Pan, many people–even in their 30s and 40s these days–just don’t want to grow up. But growing up is the way of nature. We all do it–or suffer then inevitable consequences.

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