Demeaning Communication

September 2022

   Have you noticed the number of put downs or tear downs people communicate to others?  Some are not too offensive, while others are very demeaning (“You, Stupid…”, “What a jerk!”, “How dumb can you be?!”).  We hear them from basically everyone, no matter if the person is a Christian or not.  There are some who will even tear down themselves on a regular basis.  It has certainly become a real part of our cultures.  Often the tear downs focus on teachers, parents and people we do not get along with.

   Even how we address or acknowledge people who are our elders has drastically changed in the past decade.  The lack of respect is evident.  This disrespect is subtle and opens the door for a greater level of disregard for all people.  We treat people with distain.

   I wonder what someone who is not a Christian thinks  when they hear (or see through a text or post) a Christian tear or put someone down.  If they heard anything about Christianity, Christians are to love others and that type of speech is totally the opposite of love.  Jesus said that what was in the heart of a person would come out (Matthew 15:17-20).  Communication is a great indication of what is in a person’s heart. 

   Did your mom ever say to you that if you do not hav ...

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