“Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” James 2: 17 (The Message Bible)
I do not thumb through the bible to find a book and chapter to use as a reference for my daily blog. The brief scripture I use comes from a little daily devotional, “Christ in Our Home” that I get at my church. I am amazed at the synchronicity of the words I read in how often they are relevant to a current situation—either personal or as a community or nation.
Once again, today I am writing about a tired subject: Politics. I think of all the God-talk and proclamations I’ve heard from candidates running for an office. Because not all speeches are scripted or read off a teleprompter, there are opportunities to misspeak on a topic. With our fast internet speed and social media, the words can go viral within minutes. Once spoken, it is impossible to retract them. Apologies can be made to try to correct a statement of “outrageous nonsense,” but those who are offended or titillated by the mistake (or someone’s crazy idea) will defer to the original comment and consider it to be the gospel truth.
Perhaps in the next couple of months, we should mute the voices of politicians and watch their actions—hopefully, God-acts.
Dear Lord, help me practice what I preach in the messages I write. Amen.