“Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through the ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.” Acts 4:4
“It’s rude to speak in a foreign language—what if they are talking about me,” I’ve heard said. And then, “English is the language of the U.S.—they should learn it if they are going to stay here.”
Let’s face it—the United States was founded by immigrants, and there will always be new people coming to this country who won’t speak English the day they arrive. It takes years to learn a second language.
When traveling in Germany, we stopped in a small village for lunch. I knew only about a dozen words in German and therefore asked the woman behind the deli counter, “Do you speak English?” She said, “A little.” In reality, she spoke enough English to take our orders, give directions, and chat about the weather. She only lacked confidence in her English skills because she didn’t get the chance to speak English very often. I suspect this is true of those with English as a second language.
It would be a grand display of unity if the Holy Spirit came down in the middle of Times Square on New Year’s Eve and all the foreigners or immigrants became fluent in English! Everyone standing around wearing a funny hat to keep from freezing would no longer wonder if anyone was talking about them.
Dear Lord, I pray when the opportunity arises, I will be able to tell the story about Jesus, his death, and the resurrection. Amen.