Self-Examination (Part 30)
Mouth: Your Pontificator*
The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.
Isaiah 29:14 (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV)
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
2 Peter 2:18 (NKJV)
One lust of the flesh is education: fancy letters trailing after a name like the puffs on the tail of a poodle. The degreed man and the pedigreed dog often prate and prance before clapping hands: raised to stand on platforms and be admired. So others follow them to get the same.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I'm not denouncing education or its necessary credentials. Some jobs need proof of accomplishment. But can any university qualify saints to represent Christ? Or does this role's administration require a higher set of standards?
Like denying shows of pretension? Like refusing to pontificate? Like listening instead of speaking? Because Christian pontificators are big talkers, but not big walkers. They sway and silence congregations with their intellectual brilliance. Yet this brilliance is not His brilliance, their pride is not His humility, and their mouths are not the Mouth of Christ.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: A receptionist who talks too much subverts the boss' authority. Your roles as Christ's communicators call you to a better direction: namely, be swift to hear, slow to speak, and to pontificate? Not at all.
To Be Continued...
* Although the word, pontiff, now refers to Christian church positions, its derivation is from Latin. Therein, the College of Pontiffs (in ancient Rome) were religious advisors to the king or the Senate on matters pertaining to the gods (not God). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Pontiffs
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.