On Roseanne and the Words We Speak

Rev. Jordan McKenzie

By now you’ve probably heard about Roseanne Barr’s Twitter comments and ABC’s cancellation of her TV series.  The story has been all over the news and social media. I write this blog not to add any commentary or opinions on what happened. In fact, I don’t have much to say. Except that the story shows us one thing.

Our words have power.

Simply by the words we choose to say (or not say) we can totally change someone’s perception of themselves, someone else, or a situation. Look at the terrible affects of cyber bullying, where people bully others not with their fists but with their words. Look at how many people have poor self-esteem and walk around totally insecure simply because of the negative things they’ve heard their whole life. Look at how a toddler is influenced by the words he or she hears. What they hear drastically affects the people they’ll grow up to become.

We might not feel like we have a lot of power or influence in our lives, but the truth is that we do. All of us. Because our tongues give us all incredible power and influence over those around us. The Bible says this repeatedly. Proverbs even says that our tongues have the power of life and death!

Of course all of us know this. It’s commonsense that we should watch what we say. But it’s one thing to know it and it’s another thing to really be intentional about it.

So this is a friendly reminder of the very obvious fact that our words do have power. I hope today you’ll use the words you speak to heal instead of harm.

That’s all.

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