We need to be careful of what we say, when we say it, where we say it, and to whom we say something. Whether it be to a crowd, or an individual, makes not a particle of difference. We must construct our message to achieve its DESIRED and INTENDED effect.
Is your purpose to influence one to your point of view or vision? Or, it is merely extending a message that represents the facts of a particular position of your leadership? Sometimes a comment is a false-positive; providing one a positive feeling about something that is negative in nature. Arrange your message to leave no doubt about its intention, but also, so as not to overly offend the less-informed. Be specific to the point that one is not required to “read between the lines” in order to know what exactly the message means. To be BOLDER: Make sure your brain is in forward before you put your mouth in reverse.
I’m not suggesting in any form, or manner, that one must “compromise” their FREEDOM of SPEECH. People should be able to express their “true feelings,” or perspective; but should not do it in a manner that is INTENDED to OFFEND someone else’s position. We can have different opinions and different beliefs, but to “run your mouth” in such a way that the sole PURPOSE is to OFFEND….That, my friend, would be sinful. That would be similar, for an example, to serve a particular MENU to a person that would be contrary to their religion or culture. You should either have a portion of the type of food that they find acceptable, or not INVITE that particular person.
While our SOCIETY seems “hell-bent” on being so POLITICALLY CORRECT, that we are losing all sense of REASON. The EASIEST way to find a “healthy balance” on anything we say is to say what we mean, and mean what we say, and say it under the umbrella of The GOLDEN RULE.
It would be well to remember…. Ephesians 4:29-32 – Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. John 15:12 – “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
I’ve been an ADVOCATE of “plain-talk” for all of my adult life. I’ve found ‘it’ to be most helpful in all of my pursuits. I believe with all my heart that if we speak “truthfully” and respectfully…. Our message will be clearly understood, and less-likely to be offensive. ….Blessings… cjlb …5/14/15.