Everyone and their mother is upset right now over being called names, or being labeled and stereotyped.
Sticks and stones break people’s bones, names didn’t use to. Now, apparently they do.
In response to the hyper-sensitivity, we now come down on anyone who ever says anything the slightest judgmental about what someone else is doing.
As much as I agree we need to guard our mouths and be careful not to do unfair, self-righteous judging of others, I would also like to point out that there is a time and a place for labeling people for what they are.
Allow me to illustrate be quoting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
And that’s just Matthew!
Jesus is talking about a large group of people, a generation. Certainly He’s stereotyping and labeling with His generalizations.
Now, I’m not for you going out calling people names or stereotyping people.
I am for a call to reasonableness. At least for calling a spade a spade, rather than calling a spade a “garden implement useful for turning soil.”
Words mean things and need to be used carefully, wisely, and righteously.
We still live in the midst of a crooked, perverse, faithless, and wicked generation of vipers.
We should admit that. We should also admit we are part of that generation and are therefore implicated for our own part.
Sin is sin. Evil is evil. Call it what it is. Sinners sin. Speak the truth and call things what they are. This will protect you and also potentially help others.
BUT, proceed with love, grace, and compassion. Love rejoices in the truth. Don’t fear truth.