Numbers 23:12

Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my mouth?

Acts 4:20

We cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.

20160607-01550

This Anthurium was growing in the Jewel Box, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri

Recent events have people talking. Whether it is about the terrible mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, the over-abundance of rain and flooding in Houston, or the presidential candidates of both parties, people easily wag their tongues.From Facebook to coffee shop, to water cooler, most people have an opinion. Many are willing to express it loudly.

My Tuesday morning prayer group is no exception. We meet at a local restaurant for conversation and prayer each week. I look forward to our weekly gatherings for that purpose. When there are things heavy on my heart, these are my guys, and I deeply appreciate their encouragement and support. I also enjoy our conversations on topics ranging from hydrocarbons, to airplanes, to mole sieves, and politics. But sometimes I am almost embarrassed by the tone and volume of our political/social commentary. Why is it so easy to get carried away by the hot-button issues of the day?

We may be concerned about the moral and spiritual wellbeing of our nation and leaders. We may have legitimate concerns for the good of our children and grandchildren. We might even need to talk about church politics (yikes!) once in awhile. Somehow, however, all these must be put into the context of God's rule and reign in Jesus Christ, and our privilege to represent him in the world. Somehow the message of God's redemptive love in Jesus Christ must center us.

Perhaps we need to pray early on that God would put good things into our mouths and that we would speak them. Perhaps we need new eyes to see what God is doing in the midst of the chaos and crises of life. In the end, we must fix our eyes upon Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising its shame and now sits at the right hand of God. That is a vision worth talking about.