I am increasingly concerned and bothered by the presence of obloquy in people’s lives. Modern media and technology has made it easy for people to engage in obloquy, seemingly without regret or remorse. We find it on television every day in political ads and on the campaign trail. People engage in obloquy daily with their cell phones. Many wives are exposed to this behavior in their marriages and I know many husbands who deal with the same behavior from their wives. Children get it from their parents. Parents get it from their children. Facebook is full of status updates and posts that engage in obloquy. It has become too easy. We are so interested in our own opinions that we justify exposing others to obloquy without a second thought. I guess we think we have the right. Election years are especially prone to obloquy, when tempers are high and people disagree about so many things. We extend obloquy to people we do not even know, like the leaders of our country or people we just don’t like for some reason. We use obloquy towards those who do not believe the way we do or engage in lifestyles we do not agree with. We use obloquy towards those of other religions and people we do not understand.
Here is the definition in case you need it: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obloquy
I think we need to be more careful. I believe we will be held accountable by a Holy God in our use of obloquy. Be careful what you say. Be careful what you post on Facebook. Be careful what you text. Because if what you say, post, text, etc. does not reflect the values of Christ, you should probably just be quiet.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.“ (Colossians 4:5-6 NIV)
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” (James 3:9-10 NIV)