“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The Problem of Ear Pollution

(Please read Matthew 12:24-37)

June 29

It seems to be everywhere these days – at the shopping center, on the bus, or perhaps even over your backyard fence. It assaults the ear and degrades the environment. It makes some old-timers long for the days when it was handled in homes, sometimes by threats to wash the perpetrator’s mouth out with soap, or perhaps some other punishment.

We’re referring here to foul language (in case you haven’t guessed). How sad it is to hear young, attractive, apparently well-bred people use language that might have got them arrested a generation or two ago. It seems incongruous that in an era of health consciousness, when people generally are very concerned about taking care of their bodies, they can be casual about soiling their minds.

Who’s to blame? Many fingers would point to the entertainment industry, which no doubt has a large share of the blame.

But the primary guilt appears to lie squarely in our homes. Jesus once told some Pharisees, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart he mouth speaks.” A lot of hearts have simply been improperly prepared, and we know who has responsibility for doing that.

In attacking evils of the mouth we have to get to the heart. If the heart (mind) is filled with good thoughts – if the heart is right – the words originating there will be nothing but good.

So let’s feed our hearts well and try to reach the hearts of those with whom we have to do, thus reducing the ear pollution that disgusts and appalls us, and bringing joy to the heart of God.

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