Sticks and stones … right? We’ve all heard that, and probably told our kids that one time or another. Yet name-calling is not only a plague of childhood, it’s actually a problem throughout life … and we adults are warned by Christ Himself to be wary of the temptation! This episode, we look at what the Bible says about a deceptively simple and “harmless” practice that can trip us up when we least expect it!
Online Stories We Mentioned
“Young Adolescents as Likely to Die From Suicide as From Traffic Accidents,” N.Y. Times, 11/3/16
“Nation’s Christians Look Forward to Questioning Each Other’s Salvation in Post-Debate Discussions.” Babylon Bee, 10/19/16 (Note: SATIRE)
Selected Scriptures We Referenced
“[The tongue is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. … My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” — James (James 3:8-10)
“The law is fulfilled in this one word, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!” — Paul (Galatians 5:14-15)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” — Jesus (John 13:34-35)
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