Proverbs 30:14 “There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.”
Terror swept across our country’s coastlines last summer as a rash of shark attacks seemed to be in the news every week. There is probably nothing as frightening as the sight of row and rows of razor sharp teeth heading toward you through the water. Beaches were closed, and signs along many shorelines warned of possible shark danger. There are similar dangers lurking in our youth departments across the land. They are the ruthless mouths of teens who use their speech as a weapon against others. Many a young person has been offended and left a church youth group because of cutting hurtful words by a careless mouth. Some of the cruelest assaults on others many times are verbally inflicted. In an attempt to fit in or impress others, young people can do more harm to someone else than they ever know. Do not underestimate the negative power your mouth can have if it is not kept in check. If we are to be young people who honor the Lord, we must keep control of our natural instinct to say whatever is on our mind. Just because we think it, does not mean we have a right to say it. Vocabulary that is hurtful to others ought not to be spoken. In James 3:10 God tells us “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not so to be.” Do others feel comfortable and encouraged by us or do they stay away from our predator-like talk? I like to see sharks-if they are on the other side of a 3 inch thick glass at the aquarium where they cannot do me any harm. In the same way, let’s make our youth groups safe havens from shark infested speech. Let’s follow Galatians 5:15 “but if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed of another.
Bro. Ed Schwarz
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church
Commonwealth Baptist College