But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
It wasn’t that many years ago that news traveled very, very slowly in the Alaskan territory. Perhaps a postmaster would tell a dog musher, who relayed the information on to someone in another village, who happened to operate on a broken shortwave radio connection. Even with the proliferation of the telephone, many places were off the grid. News of an event that happened far away in Washington might take weeks to arrive in the far reaches of America’s largest state.
Enter the twenty-first century. Information flies lightning fast. It seems negative – and often incorrect – information travels the quickest. A good reputation that took decades to build can be destroyed with the press of a button, regardless of whether the accusation is true or false. Celebrity families learn about broken marriages via Twitter. A ball player is caught off guard when hearing his name as a pending trade. Parents of soldiers hear of attacks in real time and must process what that means for their sons and daughters at war.
More than ever, it is time to consider the power of words, because they often outrun intentions. The faster information travels, the more important it is that we get it right the first time. How would we speak if we really understood that our every word would one day be weighed for accuracy and intent – and by God our Almighty Father?
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Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.