Be responsible for what your words say

Orange Coast College is a microcosm of the political war in the United States.

This semester, I have witnessed the dichotomy of political groups bringing destruction with the use of words at a national level and tangibly on the school campus.

Words have power and are power.

“The tongue has the power of life and death…” Proverbs 18:21.

With the use of words, people can build up or tear down. They can encourage or oppress. With just the simplicity of speaking, one can encourage revolution or persuade riots.

People, especially in this political climate, have used their words carelessly and without any sense of reflection or responsibility. They are so ready to speak but aren’t listening to what they are saying.

You can profess the greatest revolutionary ideas but if you don’t use your words effectively, it’s all done in vain. All you’re left with is a bitter taste in your mouth and a sad stench in the air.

Advocates throughout the political spectrum have brought great disappointment to our nation.

“…take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider when a great forest is set on fire by a small spark,” James 3:4-5.

Our mouth is what leads us.

If you are the vessel of the future and your tongue is the guide, where are you going?

From what I see on this campus and throughout the country, there are just a bunch of battleships spewing destruction.

Looking globally, we could potentially be heading into World War III, but everyone’s too busy fighting each other on their Twitter and Facebook warzones to even see what’s ahead.

Hold your fire. It’s OK to disagree. You don’t have to prove yourself right, and if someone else is sharing their opinion, you don’t have to conform to their ideas.

Our country is supposed to be a diverse forest flourishing on integrity.

We are setting that forest ablaze with our speech. If we continue in this direction, we’ll end up with a heap of ashes with no oxygen to breathe.

Yes, we have the freedom of speech but if you’re going to say something, make it worth something.

Don’t feed flames — feed the forest.

Stop taking on others and take on your personal responsibility.