Bear with me here, but a good chunk of Christian social media influencers have suddenly taken it upon themselves to write great screeds about how free speech IS “Biblical.” I find this sudden dedication to protecting free speech somewhat amusing on account of the fact that many of them simply have me blocked and banned.
You see, prior to this sudden interest in people’s freedom and rights, we were all discussing how women should just remain silent, not teach or preach or really say anything at all, ever. Also, lots of murmuring about revoking the 19th amendment. Somewhere around here I have screenshots of more than one person threatening to inform both my husband and my pastor that I have uppity thoughts and opinions.
As if they didn’t already know……
I also grabbed a couple of shots that were trying to locate my employment so they could try get me fired. I kept those on account of the fact that the were the most cheerful thing that had happened all week and had me just singing, My Lord, My God, has ransomed me….. Like, He came to set the captives free. Fire me, I dare ya. I’ll even fake a tear.
I mention this not to complain but rather to make it quite clear that Hypocrites R US. Kind of like how Toys R US, meaning as humans we’ve never meet a double standard we weren’t willing to openly embrace and make out with in public.
So why is free speech not Biblical? Because we’re using “Biblical” as a substitute for the word “legal. ” They are attempting to justify free speech as if to say it is God’s law and therefore can’t be tampered with, except of course, when we decide to tamper with it, as you can see in the examples above. The root of the problem being, you cannot legally define “speech,” just as you cannot legally define “love.” Corinthians, the love chapter, tries to explain to us that love is patient, love is kind, love is NOT and not, and not...and so it goes, this attempt to satisfy our cravings for some two dimensional legalistic definitions, some black and white rules governed by reason, our own, with no disquieting, potential variables.
Even our founding father’s did not try to write a legalistic definition of free speech as if it could be categorized. They left it rather open ended as in, shall not infringe….
Infringe, it means, “to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.” Those very same founding documents claim our rights are God given, therefore our right to free speech is not granted by men, but by God Himself.
That is not actually “Biblical,” it is a prophetic declaration, an ideal we hold dear and a make manifest in the world. “In Him I have my breath and being” and the power to move my lips or my fingertips given the situation.
Laughing here, but keep in mind that the One who granted you your rights, can also revoke them. “Just because you can say it, doesn’t mean you should.” In fact the whole notion of “rights” somehow being “Biblical” is a bit skewed on account of the fact that we pretty much surrendered our rights in Christ, but only to the One who granted them in the first place. Just because it is legal, doesn’t mean it is profitable.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. We have to power of life and death in our tongues. All these things are definitely “Biblical” as is, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Obviously I am a free speech advocate standing on whatever soapbox will have me and rather then putting stickers on phone poles or chalk outlines in front of city hall, I’m more prone to write a sermon on the bathroom wall in defiance against the darkness. Just the same, those of us busy hollering about our “rights” really need to invest an equal amount of time exercising our rights as they are laid out for us in Galatians 5:23.