Words May Be Few
From the days of the sufferings of Jesus Christ up to His death, the Savior did not really speak much about Himself.
In fact, Christ’s last seven words were spoken in short sentences, and they were shrouded with deep and hidden meaning.
Jesus spoke few words during His last hours on earth, yet those words have changed the way we look at life. And these few words tell us of a principled God-incarnate man.
What Jesus had exemplified in His life is a study of huge contrast to how some of us have lived out our lives.
We’ve heard in the past that shallow waters make some noise while deep waters are as noiseless as a deep water wheel.
There are those who speak so many words but they don’t really mean anything important. These many words may indicate of the eloquence of an unprincipled person.
The eloquence of the unprincipled is similar to what they call, in the language of romance novels, sweet nothings. The sentences may contain some of the most beautifully crafted words the people have ever heard but they are devoid of sincerity and truth.
These words are only intended to tickle the heartstrings of the audience but as soon as the music dies the bland taste of a pretentious rhetoric becomes as apparent as the full moon.
In the same way that sweet nothings cannot convert a doubting heart, the eloquence of the unprincipled cannot forever hide the ugliness of an unscrupulous heart.
The unprincipled cannot think and speak for themselves. And if they cannot think and speak for themselves, obviously they cannot think and speak for others, their constituents.
How tragic it is when our people really don’t have a defender for their rights and welfare because those they had elected to represent their common voices have been silenced by political convenience, muted by self-deprecating fear, hushed by imagined threats.
The unprincipled may have the best of education and the loftiest of reputation (at least as a façade of their own weakness and ignorance), yet they don’t and they cannot make a decision for the common good. They always ensure that their publicly funded decisions would serve the interest of one or the happiness of the selected few who will benefit from their ubiquitous cowardice.
The unprincipled may have been told that their ideas and decisions have been ridiculed by the public but because they breathe with fumes of intimidation their lives are already defined not by what they can do independently and courageously, but by what they are told to do even if it is secretly against their will.
The eloquence of the unprincipled gets the most attention. It becomes a talk of the town. Many are enticed to listen to its foolishness. And perhaps many have been deceived by its sweet- nothings.
Make no mistake about it: a man of true principles may speak of few words but they are loaded with profound meaning, and his words will have long lasting impact on people and society.