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CLARITY – 4-5-18 Costly Free Speech


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-5-18


Costly Free Speech


What’s Happening:  “You do some things and they don’t matter…you do others, and they do. At least that’s what Juli Briskman found when she gave the middle-finger gesture to a passing Trump motorcade and promptly got fired by her employer, government contractor Akima, LLC. Now she’s suing for wrongful termination ( Briskman was quoted as saying, ‘I filed this lawsuit against my former employer today because I believe that Americans should not be forced to choose between their principles and their paychecks…’”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s this country coming to if you can’t express yourself freely?”


Biblical Response:  “Civility, maybe… Of course, the First Amendment guarantees your right to free speech and hand gestures can be argued to be a form of that, but there’s nothing in the Constitution or its Amendments that says that free speech is ‘free.’… there may be consequences for giving vent to your emotions. That’s why a civil society learns discretion. I have no problem with Ms. Briskman showing her displeasure…as long as she is willing to bear the consequences…unintended or otherwise.”


“Christians? We should have issue with Ms. Briskman’s actions for two reasons: 1)Her expression was vulgar; Scripture is plain about that (Eph. 4:29); and 2) She is attempting to evade responsibility for her action (Matt. 12:36). Actually, I have been guilty for speaking ‘out of turn,’ for saying something inappropriate for my audience or my situation…my father used to tell me, “Your mouth is going to get you into more trouble than your mouth will ever get you out of.” And I’ve had to repent of some of the things I’ve said and done. However, I see no contrition here.”


“When Peter and Paul were hauled before the Jewish leaders for speaking in the Name of Jesus (a convicted and sentenced blasphemer) and for healing, they were threatened and told never to speak in this Name again…which order they promptly disobeyed (Acts 4). Freedom isn’t free, but sometimes it’s worth the price. If there is no price we are either condemned to incivility or injustice.”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to exercise discretion, for by taking Your Name, we have become Your representatives (2 Cor. 5:20); in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent


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