With The Tongue

James 3:1-12

Last week the company Samsung admitted that they can listen in to what people are saying through the smart TV’s in people’s home.  In a sense all of those homes have been wire-tapped, mine included.  While I agree that this is a bit alarming we must realize that our smartphones function in much the same way.  Voice commands on phones and other devices in our homes is making this a more common reality.

When I first heard this news I was a bit uneasy.  Who has been listening to the conversations in my home and what have they been doing with it?  While I don’t like the prospects of this I had to remind myself that ultimately I should have nothing to hide.  If my words and my speech are Godly, positive, and uplifting, who cares who might be listening?  I should have nothing to worry about.

This should be a reminder of what we are told in James 3.  With our tongue we lift praises to the Lord and with that same tongue we sometimes curse human beings.  James said, “This should not be!”  We should always remember that God hears all our words and conversations anyway.  Shouldn’t it be most important that the Creator of the Universe is in approval?

I definitely am not excited about our new reality that companies can listen into our homes and into our lives, but it raises a larger question for followers of Jesus.  How is your speech? What are you saying?  How are you speaking to your family and friends?  Perhaps thinking about some Samsung, Apple, or Amazon employee listening in might help us to choose wisely, but knowing that Jesus is listening at all times should definitely make us think about our tongue.

Here is James counsel in verses 9-12… “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

Make it Personal:  The next time you talk into your phone, TV, or other device think about the fact that they might always be listening to you.  Think about your tongue and how you are using it.  If something needs to change then make that change, but do it for Jesus not for some company.

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church