Christian living

Small, but schizophrenic

James 3:9-10 says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.”

James says that many stand and sing choruses during Sunday service and on the way home curse the driver who pulled in front of them.  Many religiously say their prayers on Monday morning, but at work lie to their employer as to why they’re late.  Many attend small group on Wednesday, but spread office slander at the work party on Friday.  We are schizophrenic much of the time and that is not good, nor honouring to God, nor worthy of Christ.  A schizophrenic mouth is not consistent with a truly converted person. That why James says, “My brothers (and sisters), this should not be!”

James 3 tells us that our speech is powerful, dangerous, untameable and schizophrenic.  We all struggle in this area.  How do we change our speech and move from words that do the devil’s work (v6) to words that honour God?  The answer is  that we change our heart.

Christian living Grumbling

Are you a (irritating) compulsive grumbler?

Have you been to a braaivleis (South African BBQ) recently? Did you come home depressed because of the compulsive grumblers? I did. Too much corruption in the government! Too much unemployment! Too much crime! The petrol price. The schools. The youth. The weather! You name the subject, it gets grumbled about. Perhaps even more seriously, we grumble privately to ourselves: Life is so unfair. My salary is too low. If only God would… Grumble, grumble, grumble. Grumbling should be declared our national hobby! What astounds me is that Christians are often the biggest grumblers.