Be Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

Aaron, Aaron, choose a softer seed
Do not break the bruiséd reed
Be quick to listen, slow to speak
Show strength in Christ by being weak
Pray for the ones you want to love
Before you open floodgates of
Empty words and caustic tones
Which only make for shrinking groans
At night when sin and shame come to mind

Oh,
your
aching,
writhing,
wrenching
mind

Doubly you err in such a day
In two ways you have gone astray
First, you loose the rudder of your ship
From the restraint of a godly grip
Secondly you brush aside
With shocking God-ignoring pride
What He above first thinks of you
What He above alone can do
Seek chiefly the favor of your God
Lest your belief be mere facade

Newsworthiness, Depravity, and the Media

Broadcasting necessarily involves value judgment. When you publicize something you prefer a story above alternatives. You assign varying degrees of newsworthiness. And given the fact that publicizing a county fair over 9/11 would be immoral, it’s easy to see that this judgment of news worthiness is not free from the moral realm.

One of the effects of the fall is that humans love to promote and publicize and broadcast that which isn’t worth our time. In a perfect, God-centered world, we would promote things in proportion to the degree of their newsworthiness. God would be in the newspaper. Fox News would talk about God.

The advance of the gospel is more important than the space shuttle.

The bride of Christ is more important than Britney Spears.

Missionaries are more important than politicians.

Why does the media love what it loves? They have a depraved sense of newsworthiness and a lust for money and large audiences. If the media really wanted to promote people who better guaged the evangelical landscape (and truth and grace and reality), do you really think they would give their objects of attention the time of day? I can think of a few individuals more worthy of our time. But they wouldn’t be as titillating to the eye, or as scratching to the ear.

The Depravity of Man

The more you get to know a man, the more you are dissapointed.

Men are more gentle and sweet to their girlfriends than their wives.

First women covet a boyfriend, then engagement, then marriage, then a baby.

“Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6)

We consent to evil even when we hate it. Therefore, we do not truly hate evil.

We are far too easily pleased.

We find God more boring than television.

We take great strides in justifying ourselves.

We set up false dichotomies to avoid middle truths.

We talk around those from whom we would most benefit listening to.

We rebuke at the most inopportune times.

We shrink in cowardice at the most opportune times of rebuke.

We broadcast that which is often least worth broadcasting. We have a sick sense of newsworthiness.

We assign difficult doctrines to the convenient category of “unknowable”.

We pretend to know the secrets of God.

We say, “I feel that God is leading me to…” to justify ourselves.

When the law condmens us, we ignore it and appeal to what we’d prefer the spirit of it be.

When the spirit of a law condemns us, we appeal to its wording and specificity, or lack thereof.

You would think, by the way we respond to great things, they were boring.

You would think, by the way we respond to trivial things, they were exhillerating.

We are more polite to strangers than our own mothers.

We never think of eating less so as to avoid cursing God. (Proverbs 30:8)

We never think of eating as a means of avoiding the profaning of the name of God.

We rarely pray in secret, if ever.