Well, have you been on Twitter these past few days or daily CT Direct or any number of other “networking” sites regarding the Rob Bell situation and all the speculation regarding his new book- a book that hasn’t even been released yet? Regardless of what the content actually turns out to be, quite frankly, the response on the part of many has been a clear reminder of one of the many reasons why we all need recovery! Why are we so quick instead of “slow to anger?” Why are we so eager to “speak against a brother?”
What is it that lies beneath that leads us to a premature crucifixion of another brother in Christ? What baggage do we carry that tempts us to dump on others like that? And why do we enjoy the dumping so much? I know we find a sick pleasure in it because I’ve been there, done that many times. “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.” (Jas. 3:9)
To a congregant who didn’t get it, Spurgeon once said to empty a pillow of all its feathers on the way to his office for her appointment. After she arrived, he then told her to go back and retrieve all the feathers. She protested, “That’s impossible!” He then helped her to see it was the same with words. Once spoken, they are impossible to retrieve.
This is just one of many issues/needs a Christ-centered, biblically-based 12-step Celebrate Recovery Pastor’s group explores together- not so you become perfect, but so that you at least think much longer before speaking.
Proverbs 18:13, “He who answers before listening- that is his folly and his shame.” Prov. 12:18, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” May we all do more listening and more healing.