In May of 2012, Mitt Romney was secretly recorded at a Florida fundraiser saying some disparaging words. In the video he tells the crowd how in his opinion Obama would get forty seven percent, “of the vote no matter what because this is the segment of the population which relies, “on the government for aid.” The video turned up on the internet recently. The Democrats wasted no time in using Romney’s words against him.
While Romney stands by his remarks, his words have obviously hurt his campaign and his image among the aforementioned forty seven percent of American voters. While the Democrats have used the Romney footage in new ad campaigns the Republicans have retaliated by using some remarks made by Obama about the nation of Israel .
The “mud slinging,” between the Republicans and Democrats, will continue until November and there is sure to be some more slips of the tongue which will find their way into the ad campaigns of both candidates. Both men need to follow the advice found in the Bible, which they are fond of quoting, to learn how to stay out of trouble when it comes to spouting disparaging words.
Perhaps both candidates should read James 1:19, which says, “Let every person,” Republican, Democrat, whoever, “be quick to listen, slow to speak.” While this verse is primarily about not misrepresenting the Word of God to others, it also applies to many other aspects of life including using words to damage another person’s reputation..
James continues to admonish the reader of his letter in verse 2: 12, to, “speak and act as those who are going to be judged.” In this verse James says to speak as if ones very reputation depends on every word which comes out of their mouth. Proverbs 13:3, gives a similar warning when Solomon says, “Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself.” How many times in this age of media overload has an errant word or sentence been the downfall of a politician or other person in prominence? Words once spoken or written down, then left out there for people to see can never really be taken back.
In the age of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and smart phones, where with the click of button, videos can be dropped on the internet, the words of James and Proverbs have never been more pertinent. Politicians, Christians and everyone else for that matter have to be extra careful about what they do and say because someday a word unwittingly spoken may be the next big thing on YouTube or the news.