Communication on Fire? Stop, Drop, And Roll

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.  James 3:6

Are you the smackdown king in your marriage? Do you have a blackbelt in Tongue-Foo?  Do you have a quick, witty, albeit cutting, remark on hand for quick and easy use?

Mercier and I are both adept at making the snide remark or two; however, our goal is to maintain healthy communication. (I say “goal” because, much like yourself, we are only human and are bound to make mistakes.)

When I observe couples engaging in this sort of tit-for-tat war (when really a simple answer would suffice), I am reminded the fire prevention public service announcements during Saturday cartoons: Stop, Drop, and Roll Continue reading Communication on Fire? Stop, Drop, And Roll

Sarcasm and the Believer

As a Christian, how do you reconcile sarcasm and the command from Ephesians 4:32 to be kind and tenderhearted?

Merriam Webster defines sarcasm as ” (from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh) 1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain2 a: a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b: the use or language of sarcasm”

The biggest thing for me is that I think sarcasm inhibits communication.  That is, if I’m always going to get a sarcastic remark from someone, then I tend to avoid talking to them all together.  That’s not good either.

So how does true sarcasm (I mean digs, not jokes) really edify anyone?  And if they’re not edifying, what do they do?  What is their effet on the recipient?  What is their place in the Christian’s conversation?