The Scripture Reading this week is James 3
The Sermon title is Bridle Your Tongue!
Early Thoughts: What damage can a small slab of tissue weighing (on average) 60-70 grams do? Plenty.
So much in fact that one of the pieces of business at this summer's General Council meeting was this:
The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario proposes that:There was more than one person who read that in the docket and asked "this is important enough to be dealt with by General Council?????" (sometimes accompanied by a snort or two of derision). And to be truthful I am not sure it was. But it does raise an important question in the church about what we do or do not say. What do we share? (and how do we share it) When is it better to not say anything? We need to use discernment in deciding how to use our tongues.
the 41st General Council 2012
1. take a stand against the spreading of gossip in the same manner that it has taken a stand against gambling and other evils of society; and
2. direct the General Secretary, General Council to:
a) encourage Congregations to seek ways to raise awareness of the harmful aspects of gossip; and
b) encourage Congregations to open discussion regarding how to differentiate between gossip and a caring pastoral conversation.
(page Green12 of this document)
James is very clear to his listeners/readers that the tongue is an organ to be taken seriously. James is very clear that speech is a serious matter. So how do we bridle our tongues?