“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Prov. 12:18)
After reading several articles about two Texas Pastors coming under fire for calling Vice President Kamala Harris a ‘.’Jezebel my heart was grieved as I pondered “how do we win the lost if our words are reckless and condescending.
Baptist News reported that on Jan. 3, Pastor Steve Swofford of the First Baptist Church of Rockwell asked his congregation an inflammatory question– mixing politics, racist vitriol and religion at the pulpit.
Pastor Swofford mentioned President Biden would be a “cognitively dysfunctional president.” Later he insinuated asking parishioners, “What if something happens to [President Biden] and Jezebel has to take over? Jezebel Harris? Isn’t that her name?”
He also advised his followers to uphold their “convictions of being pure and honest and having convictions for Christ.”
Another minister, Tom Buck of First Baptist Church of Lindale, hurled the problematic word at Harris, two days after the presidential inauguration on Twitter.
“I can’t imagine any truly God-fearing Israelite who would’ve wanted their daughters to view Jezebel as an inspirational role model because she was a woman in power,” he wrote.
Buck’s tweet drew immediate and harsh response — especially from women and persons of color. Despite that, the next day he doubled down: “For those torn up over my tweet, I stand by it 100%. My problem is her godless character. She not only is the most radical pro-abortion VP ever, but also most radical LGBT advocate. She performed one of the first Lesbian ‘marriages.’ Pray for her, but don’t praise her!”
Calling a Black woman “Jezebel” is a racist trope documented by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University. It has roots in slavery and the perceived sexual promiscuity of Black women compared to white women.
I thought to myself, what if Jesus had spoken to or thought of the woman at the well or the woman with the issue of blood in the same manner “what would the outcome have been?”
While I am against the Democratic platform my prayer before the Lord is “how will the church be able to win the lost with such judgmental attitudes?” Pastor Buck’s statement “her godless character” is what stood out to me. What popped into my spirit was Romans 5:6-8, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God demonstrates His own LOVE for us even in our ungodly state. That’s amazing grace!
After writing several posts about the power of the tongue, I searched the scriptures once again to see what the Word of God has to say about speech.
It’s so easy to pass judgment on others as Christians. Scripture calls it self-righteous. Those who profess Christ are saved by grace and not works. Our speech “must always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt,” (Colossians 4:6).
The church is called to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16). If our gospel is hidden, it is hidden from the lost. “But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing;” (2 Corinthians 4:3)
I encourage you to pray for our national and church leaders. As believers, we are encouraged to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29). The battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual forces in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).
Death and life are in the power of the tongue!
Note: All Scripture references are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.