Senator Joe Biden recently announced his intentions to run for United States President. But Biden’s campaign is not off to a great start after what he said about Barack Obama yesterday. You can catch the comment here:
This reaffirms the reality that, once you say something, you can’t retract it. It is out there for everyone to judge. You cannot attempt to clarify and justify, but the damage is done. Particularly as a political candidate, anything and everything you say will be scrutinized and should be scrutinized.
There is rarely a time as a presidential candidate that the tapes are not recording and the sound bites cannot be made. There is intense accountability for what you say.
In my opinion, this one single comment probably destroyed any chances that Biden might have had at securing the presidency he sought.
This blog is not geared much towards politics, so why would I bother to bring up a seemingly insignificant situation such as this one? Because it is another fresh reminder to us as believers that every word from our mouths will one day be judged. Instead of being picked apart by the drive by American media, our language will be scrutinized by the sovereign Lord of the universe.
Candidates may be free to say whatever they want without fear of reprisal when it is behind closed doors, but none of us have that luxury. Each sound bite we produce is heard and is judged. As intense as the accountability is for Biden by the American people, it is even more intense for us by our Holy God.
Is Christ’s payment sufficient to cover over the sins of our dishonoring sound bites? Absolutely. But the desire of our hearts should be to please Him with our speech. As the book of James 3:1-12 says:
1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
4Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.