Free speech, used carelessly, can be very costly

The freedom of speech isn’t a victimless right. When abused it can do much harm.

If you can’t disagree with politeness, you have too much uptightness. Before you fight, try being polite. “Speaking the truth in love” is powerful.

Verbal bullies like to accuse people of violating their “freedom of speech.” The wise use freedom of speech to express their ideas; the unwise, to insult.

Having the freedom of speech doesn’t mean that people are required to listen to you or give you a platform. (Nowadays people who block people from their social media pages, are complaining that the owner of a platform is also blocking people.)

Using your freedom of speech to tell lies, ties you up in the bondage of deception. I don’t deny people “the freedom to lie,” but I do test what they say, before I believe them. It’s important to protect your eardrum from people who abuse their freedom of speech and not listen to them. To ridicule is to let being cruel overrule kindness.

Freedom of speech gives us the right to express our opinion, not the right to be rude. Freedom to express your views, doesn’t give you a right to verbally abuse people. Claiming “freedom of speech” is no excuse for cruel, verbal abuse. When freedom of speech is used to disrupt law and order, something will have to give.

People in bondage to anger and hostility, have lost the freedom to speak kindly. Rude people use their “freedom of speech” to try to silence their opponents. Being rude puts fire on a feud.

The freedom of speech, doesn’t protect you from the consequences of what you say. Rude, hostile speech boomerangs, just like spitting in the wind. Rude people
are inwardly unglued.

There are people who exude kindness and love to everyone. I hope you know one of them.

What you said
Will be left behind
When your dead.
Leave a loving legacy.

The most important battle is in your heart. If unhappiness is winning there, changing your circumstances won’t help you much.

The biblical choice isn’t either verbal bullying or political correctness. It’s “speaking the truth in love.”

If you want answers, listen to the living Jesus, not to human opinion and politics. I’m frequently overwhelmed with fascination and appreciation for the living Jesus. Most everyday the living Jesus does something in my life that fills me with awe. When the living Jesus is working inside of you, its supernaturally energizing.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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