Unwholesome Talk and Our Need for Filters

We watched God’s Not Dead last night. Part way through the movie a boyfriend (Schmuck, as Don called him) and girlfriend are dressed up and eating at a fancy restaurant. The man tells the woman he got a promotion at work. The woman looks at the man with fear in her eyes and says, “I have cancer.” There is a slight pause before the man says, “You couldn’t have waited until tomorrow to tell me this?” (Schmuck!)

It was at this point in the movie Kenneth spoke up, “You know how we all have a filter from our brains to our mouths? You know, something that stops you from saying things out loud? Well I think this guy has a giant hole in his filter.” I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.

I picture this brain-to-mouth filter as a screen. A properly functioning screen looks like this:

screen

 

 

 

Some of us have a screen in need of repair.

screen with tear

Just like the screen in my illustration allows unwanted wasps or bees into our home, the broken filter in our brains may allow inappropriate thoughts out of our mouths.

I think our uncaring boyfriend (who obviously has a hole in his heart as big as the hole in his filter) has a screen that looks like this:

screen with big hole

Only bigger animals and objects are going to be stopped by that thing. A rock could sail right through without slowing down. And those hurt! Almost as much as unfiltered thoughts sailing past our lips.

What does your filter look like?

Is it in need of repair?

Does it need a gigantic patch?

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Eph 4:29

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