The Bible admonishes that the tongue is a small part of the body, yet see how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! Again, in Ephesians 5:4 the Bible warns that there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting. Theseare but two of the many biblical references to the mouth, tongue and speech, and they are most appropriate considering all that we have been hearing coming out of the campaign for the US Presidency on both sides of the divide.
Public figures, especially politicians, including those who profess Christianity, do not seem to either read or believe the Bible, because time and time again they get caught on hot microphones or say things in the heat of the moment that lands them in trouble.
Banter takes place always and everywhere, that must be said. It is when such banter is consistent and on topic that they give insight into our character. No amount of disavowal when caught can overcome a tendency; leopards do not change their spots.
In St. Kitts-Nevis, our issue is not so much hot mikes, but deliberately provocative jabs that are spoken under the protections of the Assemblies. So whereas Trump and to some extent Hilary may be punished – he for his vulgarity and predatory remarks and she for her derogatory ones, all that happens here is that nothing happens. So the cussing and vulgarity are repeated again and again in Parliament and copied in the classrooms, in our workplaces, in the community and in our homes.
Trump now claims he can be President of the “objects” with boobs. Hilary wants to be President of the deplorables. Douglas wants to get back into the hog-pen (a hog dem be) and Mark has a brand new shark repellent wet-suit to navigate the shark infested Narrows. Interesting, isn’t it?
But there is hope for redemption and words of wisdom in the said Bible. Proverbs 17:27reminds us that he who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. We are also encouraged in Colossians to let our speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that we will know how we should respond to each person. These are life lessons.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.Amen.
Fish are not the only animals that get caught by their mouths!