Ecclesiastes 5:2 says,
Never be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be quick to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few.
Be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.
And watch what you tweet.*
* Also applicable to other types of social media.
Whoever blesses a neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
My footnotes add some commentary: “A humorous proverb on untimely behavior.” Amen.
Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
Choose to be wise with your words and to speak healing today.
I’ve always been a firm believer that with faith, not all of the questions can yet be answered. I’ve also always believed that a faith that can’t withstand questions isn’t much of a faith at all.
So I’m excited that Rich Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, made a stop at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church to answer some questions about the faith, hosted by John Ortberg.
You can check out the video here and the audio here. (I’ve put the time stamps next to each question, in case you want to skip forward.)
- What does “evangelical” mean? (2:51)
- Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? (6:15)
- Are Mormons Christians? (9:55)
- Can we trust the Bible? And why? (15:00)
- How do we as Christians talk about human sexuality–divorce, same-sex attraction, etc.? (21:51)
- How can we be people of conviction and also people of civility? (24:54)
- How do Christians talk, especially with non-Christians, about hell? (30:34)
- How do we think about the passages in the Bible that contain violence? (32:50)
- What is God waiting for before he comes back? (35:25)
- What do you see in the world that makes you hopeful? (36:50)
And if you have follow-up questions, I’ll see what I can do to answer them.