by Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog – Whoa and Giddyup
Editor’s note: Whenever I see fundamentalists or evangelical cultural enforcers discussing ‘speaking the truth’ at the same time as ‘taming the tongue’ I know it’s coded language for ‘put down and verbally abuse anyone not in our personal cult.’ I wish these types would understand just how unkind and hateful they come across when they are ‘speaking the truth’ to those they don’t agree with. The examples he makes here are all positive ones, but we all know what the likely language towards others really is and it isn’t that kind.
But there are two reasons why we want to be able to direct a horse we are riding. The first is to prevent it from going where we don’t want to go. The first is to keep us on the trail, to keep us from arriving at a destination we do not want. The second is to direct us positively, to actually arrive where we need to be.
When Christians think of sins of the tongue, and of a lack of self-control there, they almost invariably think of the things they wish they hadn’t said, the words they wish they hadn’t said. When horse and rider are off in the bracken, everyone knows about the poor horsesmanship. But what about an inability to get a horse to take more than several paces in any direction?
Men will not be able to speak the truth to governors, congressmen, and presidents when they are unable to tell their wives that they love them, their children that they are proud of them, or their parents how grateful they are. Control of the tongue includes much more than an ability to say whoa—it requires also a mastery of giddyup.
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