There are those who curse in words and gnaw on their own words forever, like a cow chews its cud. Their curse has a reverberating effect and cause others who hear it to gnaw on those words and judge other words they may have spoken in the past. The unsettled curse taints the reception of other words in the future. One's curse gives birth to suspicion, to question, to deeper inspection.
My stepmother cursed me. From the time she entered my five-year-old life, to the day I left home at sixteen, she told me I was "a lazy, good-for-nothing brat". She said, "You'll never amount to nothing!" "You're a hussy like your mother." It took years for me to overcome some of the other curses she wrapped around my brain.
Recently, a respected individual in my faith accused me and all my brothers and sisters (of like faith), of lying and being bigoted toward a certain people group. Some think this curse will all blow over and go away. A few think that it was a well-deserved indictment for which we all should repent.
Here's the thing.
When a person (of world-wide reknown and influence), accuses a whole group of people (within earshot, or Twitter-shot, of his sphere of instructional authority), of mean-spirited bigotry bathed in lies, it is not likely that Believers who "hear" or are made "aware" of the curse will sit kindly by and nod their heads in agreement, or flick away the condemnation with apathetic ho-hums. Though some will turn the other cheek and move on, the curse will not settle anymore than a fluttering sparrow or darting swallow.
It is also likely that those within the "people group" will use the indictment to further their own agendas and cast their own unrelenting form of accusation upon us all who were being cursed with the scarlet letter from the reknowned and influencial.
"Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest." Proverbs 26:2
In other words, when someone condemns, the untruth will not settle down. The curse will flutter in the wind and live on in the minds of others and flutter in their imaginations and obscure viewpoints again and again.
Because I blog and because I have on occasion voiced my opposition to another's words or views, I have been lied about, dumped on, maligned, accused, and criticized. Goes with the territory of voicing one's opinion. Not everyone will agree with you. Oddly, in the nearly 2,000-plus posts I have written, I can count on one hand the people who have sent disparaging, meanspirited, accusatory emails: One. One person. I can also count on one hand the ones who've logged on to bash me...one preacher of said emailer, and a handful of their cronies.
God has been good to me. God has blessed me. I am grateful.
For me, the lesson in the blogger's curse, is that we'd do well to guard our tongues in what we say about others--especially when speaking of the Bride of Christ. Personally, I have no animosity towards the "reknown and influencial" spokesman who let fly a curse upon me and my faith-group. I just lament the fact that this "curse" will not rest for a very long time.
Indeed, because it was spoken by such a person of influence, it will go down in the annals of history of my faith-group and will someday be ferreted out as a nugget that few even realize exists. "An undeserved curse does not come to rest." There is a day of accounting for every word we utter. Best we choose them wisely, don't you think? selahV
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