Word, n. An articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; (1828 Webster’s American English Dictionary)
There is a huge battle going on across this great nation and within this world. It’s an ideological battle. And in order to win this battle the expression of those ideas must be done effectively with our words.
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit-you choose. ~ Proverbs 18:21 (the Message)
Noah Webster was one of the great founding fathers of this nation and he understood how powerful words are. He unlike many of us understood that in order to promote our ideology, propagate knowledge, and effectively proclaim the Gospel we had to first come to a common understanding of the words needed to do so. This man spent an enormous amount of time learning dozens of languages to compile the first American English Dictionary.
These definitions served their intended purpose for many years, but recently our language has been hijacked and our words have been redefined. This hijacking has allowed for a different set of ideas to be expressed through these words.
Don’t for a second believe that there are not spiritual forces behind this, because in John 10:10 it tells us that the thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. And our words and definitions have been stolen. Satan is also referred to the father of lies and when you start calling good-evil, you are lying. When you start calling black-white, you are lying. When you start calling a duck – a goose, you are lying.
This is what is happening to us and this world in two different forms.
First, the definitions are being changed. One example of those words that have been redefined is “tolerance”. The original definition of this was basically to put up with, or endure a different belief. Now the word has been redefined to respect and give acceptance to a different belief. When this new definition is used it is now telling someone they need to respect and accept my beliefs instead of just putting up with them. The word “gay” once meant to be happy, merry and full of glee and now it means homosexual. I understand this tactic, because if my way of life had a negative word like sodomite used to describe it, I too would prefer something more positive. And even the word “rights” as found in the Declaration of Independence signified something that comes from God and imposes no man’s will upon another’s. But now, we are to believe that right’s are actually entitlements and privileges given by man and governments. The idea expressed is that I can impose my will upon you without your consent because it’s my “right”!
The second method of hijacking has come from giving the definition a new name. “Liberal” has long been used as a term to define the opposite ideology of a conservative. It signifies that you are not restrained by the Law or God’s morals, but are willing to conform to societal standards and redefine what morality is. But with the negative connotation that this term conveyed, it is no surprise that the same contents have been repackaged as “progressive”. The idea expressed here is that if you are not like the bearer of this title, you are stuck in the mud and idle. The word “socialism” also brought with it negative feelings, but now it’s being referred to as “public-private partnership”. It almost makes you warm and fuzzy on the inside until you realize what it truly is. The ideas in public private partership are some of the most recent hijackings that we must be aware of, because I have heard not only President Obama use this term liberally, but it has also come from the lips of our own Governor Branstad.
In this heightened political environment we need to use our ears more than ever. We need to not only listen to the words being spoken, but the ideas being expressed. The greatest teacher that ever walked this earth summed it up better than anyone else I know. He was quoted saying…
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” ~ Jesus of Nazareth