The world is watching, what will you say?

So we have all heard that public speaking is the number one phobia people face, more so even than the fear of death!  I want you to imagine you walk into a room with a thousand people all talking with each other.  You are escorted through the crowd, drawn up to a stage in the front of the room, and given a microphone.  The guide taps on the microphone and says, “Everyone listen up, this is really important,” and hands you the mic.  The room is completely silent… what would you say?  “Hello, my name is Mike and I am a  Republican, I didn’t vote for Obama, I think Baptists are great, and one day I might get a tattoo.” (Don’t worry I am not hinting at anything, I personally have no desire go get a tattoo, and I am also not too sure about those Baptists.)  All kidding aside, you get the idea.  If I had the opportunity to share my heart, I would want to declare what really matters!  Something I would be proud of, something my kids would be proud of, something my God would be proud of.

We live in a world with a new microphone, a virtual one.  Somehow there has become this digital disconnect.  We say things to hundreds, if not thousands, that should probably only be said in privacy, if at all!  Because of this we live in an interesting time, sociologically speaking, and I believe we need to be careful of three dangers:

1) There are famous people who have HUGE social influence, everyone is listening, and honestly they really shouldn’t be guiding culture.  Make sure to constantly evaluate the content by it’s source.  Just because it’s “trendy” doesn’t mean it’s credible.

2) We can also have this tendency to impulsively make public a response that can be detrimental.  If someone stubs their toe in their bedroom, a swear word that slips out can become a tweet, and now thousands gaze on your accidental slip. In my opinion, contrary to cultural acceptance, don’t just post what’s on your mind.  Think first!  How do you really want to represent yourself, in black and white, on the screen for hundreds to see?

3) God has allowed you to have influence, maybe you have hundreds or even thousands of Facebook friends or Twitter followers.  When given the microphone to speak up, make sure to say something you won’t regret later, and that God would truly be proud of!

Take a moment and read James 3:1-18

James 3:1-18

Taming the Tongue

 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.4Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] 7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so.11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Wisdom from Above

13Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17But the wisdom from above is first pure, thenpeaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18Anda harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

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