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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Actions or Words

The rhetoric being spewed regarding most things today has reached the point of absurdity. Though people saying one thing and meaning another is nothing new, it seems almost epidemic as events in our world unfold.

The cancel culture that currently exists has certainly fed this situation as people are afraid if the say the wrong thing the wrong way someone will be offended, and they may be judged and unable to remove the offense.

This seems to have exasperated the reality where words truly have very little meaning for many people. This is unfortunate because our words truly do matter.

Saying one thing and meaning another has always been commonplace, but today it has become the norm. We see this play out among our political leaders everyday as they change their words and views based on which way the political winds are blowing.

Here is where we see actions truly speak louder than words.

Yet, even as we see and hear people change their minds over and over somehow, we find a way to base our point of view on what we hear. How is this possible? How can we listen and watch people say one thing and do another? Do we base our opinions on their “actions or words”?

There was a time when it seemed we were more likely to judge a person by what they did, not what they said. Today, this is not the case.

Because of this, it is almost impossible to have an honest dialogue which leads us to a world filled with dishonest people.

The question we should be asking is, am I like this? Are my actions in line with my words? Do I say what I believe, or do I just say what I think others believe? The answer may be more shocking than you think.

You see, we are all affected by culture, and we are prone to accepting and doing what we are told simply because we are told to do so. This has created a crisis of culture, which if not reversed, will make it impossible to distinguish between our “actions or words”.

When the truth can no longer be determined by what we see, we will be forced to move because of what we hear. Here we come face to face with the reality our culture is consumed with saying the right thing the right way instead of doing the right thing for the right reason. Then, it will be our words not our actions that define what we believe.

To be willing to see something and not believe it because we are told not to is where “actions or words” both lose all meaning.

Is this our new normal? I suppose our actions will provide the answer. If our words will allow it.

Proverbs 29:20, "Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him".

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