W.M.D. – Word of Mass Destruction

Weapons of Mass Destruction is a general term that defines any device that can cause widespread death and destruction. This term probably became most used in recent history by the Bush administration in the lead up to the 2nd Gulf War.

In 2003 the Iraq War was sparked by military intelligence that claimed the existence of weapons of mass destruction. After the horrifying events of the 9/11 attacks, you can imagine fear and suspicions are heightened. In 2011 after years of combat and many deaths, there was no evidence of WMD. President Bush suffered politically, military intelligence suffered publicly and worse, many families suffered personally.

Really, the War in Iraq was just fuel for a greater WMD, Words of Mass Destruction.

Watching recent events have me concerned. Political parties are so divided. Below there is a graph on the movement of our two major political parties in our country.

One article I read suggests the increasing polarity is due to a stronger ideological focus in politics. Now party alignment determines ones set of ideologies and that determines if you are a friend or an enemy. Division becomes more polarized. The battle between them is mostly with words, but the words they use are deadly. Consider Proverbs 21:18,

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”

This war of words between politicians then gets bolstered by political analyst. Citizens then watch CNN or FOX and become infected with words and bring the battle into their homes and into their workplace. I was sitting in the hot tub with a couple co-workers when a political science professor walked in and started off with, “Are you following the story on the judge???” Here we go…

Physical death is terrible, acts of violence and terror are extremely tragic and should never happen. What’s worse is what the acts of the flesh do to the state of the heart, and its often words that spreads it. Ephesians 6:12 teaches us:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Such things of the flesh like sexual immorality and murder are egregious, but the words that follow these events are what lead to a corruption of the heart. The words we use can aim to kill.

Unfortunately, I have been both a victim and offender of harmful words. There are moments in my life I wish I could take back, but I can’t. We can only hope our hurtful words have not shaped the heart. When it does it can spread into the masses.

One Word is given to us for healing. Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. This is the one Word, no matter the speakers intention, is a healing word of truth. When Paul is imprisoned and writing to the church in Philippi he hears that his imprisonment and the reason for his imprisonment is becoming widely known. He says:

“Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.¬†The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.”

This is the Word of God:

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”

Words can create destruction that is eternal. Be mindful of your words. Be aware of the destruction they can bring. Understand how your words can spread and cause mass destruction or bring life. Protect your heart from the words meant to destroy. -jason

 

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