The Speech of the Free

The Speech of the Free

You may think this is going to be a paper about Veterans who have fought on foreign soil in order to secure our civil liberties.

It is not.

 

You might think this is a paper about politics and choice of candidates.

It is not.

 

It is about the cost of our words, and our accountability to an Authority that is higher than the state or federal governments, or even the world governments, wherever and whatever they may be, however they may manifest themselves.

 

This is a moment for soul searching. A moment for honest appraisal of one’s own heart. An opportunity to tell yourself the truth while there is nobody else nearby to hear your answers…

 

What is the cost of telling a lie?

What is the cost of supporting the statements of a liar?

What is the cost of speaking in such a way that you convince others to do immoral acts?

What is the cost of blaspheming the Lord God Adonai?

What is the cost of tearing down a neighbor with your words?

What is the cost of cheating in an exam?

For cheating on your spouse?

For trading secrets for money?

 

Some would say that as long as you get away with such things, then you are home free and there will be no punishment.

 

Some say that if it is legal, then there is no moral question.

 

Some would say that karma will get the cheater, and the cosmic consciousness will catch up with those who hurt others.

 

But I believe that a Person, and not some nebulous “force”, will call us into account for our wrongdoing.

 

God made it very clear to us all through the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Histories and the Poetry of the Bible that He HATES a lying tongue, feet that are swift to shed innocent blood, a proud and haughty look, gossiping, backbiting and arrogant words!

 

Jesus had this to say about accountability to God for our words and our actions:

 

Matthew 12:30-37

(30) He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

(31) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

(32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

(33) Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

(34) O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

(35) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

(36) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

(37) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

 

Let me reiterate: “…every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” v. 36

 

Are we relying on our government to remove all of the ancient boundaries so that we don’t have to bother our consciences? If the heads of state say it’s okay, but God says it is not, who will have the FINAL say?

 

In the United States, it is held that ignorance of the law is no excuse for those who break it, and men must be held accountable for their actions. Why, then, do we act as if we assume that God’s law, which preceded and superseded man’s law, is to be dispensed with in favor of the laws of man, especially when the laws of man seem to turn a blind eye to what God considers corrupt and malignant?

 

God has told us all through the Bible what He expects of us. He does not ask that which we cannot supply, because He has also offered us the power and the wisdom and the strength to obey.

 

Micah summed up the problem quite well in the following verses:

 

Micah 6:8-13

(8) He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

(9) The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

(10) Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

(11) Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

(12) For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

(13) Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

How, if we are doing justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God, will we go wrong in this life He has given to us? And if we sin against our God and against our neighbors, how do we expect to plead ignorance when God has so plainly warned us of the consequences?

Jesus clarified and simplified God’s Commandments even further:

Matthew 22:34-40

(34) But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

(35) Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

(36) Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

(37) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

(38) This is the first and great commandment.

(39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

(40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

The Law and the Prophets of Adonai God can be obeyed by obeying two simple commandments:

  1. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
  2. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

When we meet the Lord on that final day, we will be judged. Every work that we have done, good or evil, will be rewarded.

 

Some will be forgiven because they were lovers of God and they believed in Jesus’ substitutionary death for their sins. They trusted in the Lord to take away their sins, and they worked in their Father’s vineyard as He commanded them.

 

But others will cry out and try to hide their shame when they are called to account for their lies, their blasphemy, their hatred of God, and for leading others into sin.

 

Hear what Jesus says about that final day:

 

Matthew 25:31-46

(31) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

(32) And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

(33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

(34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

(35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

(36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

(37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

(38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

(39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

(40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

(41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

(42) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

(43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

(44) Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

(45) Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

(46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 

Since it is abundantly clear that words and actions go hand in hand, let us examine our hearts from which come the words that either condemn or commend us. Let us turn our hearts back to the Lord and seek His face. Let us fall upon His mercy and allow Him to teach our mouths to speak what is acceptable to Him, and let us be kind, just and humble in our daily lives.

 

Many take advantage of the Amendments to the Constitution to seek the licentiousness of so-called Free Speech.

 

Would we not be wise to instead cultivate the Speech of the Free? The Speech of the Free in Christ is graceful, humble, full of love and good humor.

 

May we be wise in our words as we cultivate the Speech of the Free: words that issue from a clean heart that is washed and renewed in the Blood of the Sinless Lamb of God.

Pastora Covert

 

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