Friday, February 20, 2009

Jonathan Edwards, James 3, and Humor

(by Ryan Townsend)

I love humor (and for better or worse, I especially like McKinley's). Humor, like all speech, is a gift of God. Yet every time we open our mouths we are communicating a worldview, an agenda (good or bad), and this can most naturally come out in the small talk and humor of our daily lives. Therefore, a good framework to consistently put before ourselves whenever we open our mouths is James 3, along with these resolutions from Jonathan Edwards related to the tongue:

16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.

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