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We live in an era of never ending belligerence
Where people belittle one another just to have a feeling of acceptance
Animosity as our friend, And sarcasm as our ally
“Just kidding” as a robber, and “I'm joking” as a spy
That creeps in un-noticed, delivering invisible injections
That might not hurt at first, but are lethal in the end
Lies disguised as funnies are appreciated and enjoyed
By all but the defender who's defeated and destroyed

As long as someone's laughing it's ok for some odd reason
But a JK or an lol isn't a real justification
Or as long as they aren't listening, nothing you say will hurt their feelings
I'm sure your words won't ever make it back to send them reeling
The devil feeds us words and we accept them plain and simple
We're comforted by the idea that our words aren't actually hurting people
“What they don't know can't hurt them” is the biggest fib I've heard in a while now
And hearing that just makes me wonder what they talk about when I'm not around

We have this image of God that’s ok with sin we commit
He's kinda like you and me, accept his bigger and complete
He doesn't really care about exactly what we say
God’s supposed to be loving, not controlling in that way
He's got a sense of humor, I bet He'd laugh, my jokes are funny
I mean they're at the expense of others, but man they're clever and they're cunning
As long as we live pretty good, and keep most of the commandments
As long as we go to church we know this God will bless and save us

That's not the God I know in any way shape or form
That's not the God who has the power to calm the storm
The God I know has a plan for every one of your decisions
If you're about to make a choice, God has more than just an opinion
Even the words that we speak is something the bible addresses repeatedly
We've gotta stand up to the pressure and stop speaking so defeatedly
The term "what would Jesus do" has become cliché, I know it's true
But do you honestly believe that He would say half the things that we do?

There's a verse that's just sorta been callin me out
It says don't let unwholesome talk come out of your mouth
I know you've heard that before but have you read the next line?
There’s a little bit more depth to Ephesians 4:29
"Don't let unwholesome talk come out of your mouth
But only what is helpful for building others up
According to their needs that it may benefit those who listen"
Is that how we treat each other, I think there's something that we're missin’

What's that mean to build others up, does it mean laughing when they're down?
Does it mean making jokes about them as they hit the ground?
It's our slightly sadistic behavior, We feel better when they don't
Why not helping them back up, it's a better antidote
Give a hand to those who need it, when they've fumbled let it go
Just drop it, it's a mistake, it doesn't help to stow
Don't let the culture get to you, it's not biblical or right
To hurt someone for any reason, weather words or in a fight

Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble
Whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things
Speak your words out lovingly, as godly, holy beings
Instead of sneaking insults in with every deadly blow
Your words are much more powerful than you could ever know
So grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
To Him be the glory both now and forever, amen


from Northern Lights, released January 18, 2015




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