Language For All
Since the advent of email we have seen, particularly in the western world, the destruction of language. This slow motion degradation is now beginning to impact society as a whole. Having a common language is vital to the success and well being of any community, region or nation. If people can not communicate they are lost one from the other. Not only can they not express ideas, needs and emotions they can not discuss the foundation of humanity – God. If we look around we see this in our society today. We see the very foundation being ripped up by the roots. Those roots are our beliefs. For us, Christians, this means Jesus Christ is the foundation of our life. If we are unable to discuss the Gospel with others due to a language barrier, then our society begins to crumble just as we are seeing today.
Paul discussed this in great detail in 1 Corinthians 14. He makes clear the importance of language, speaking to one another in words people can understand and the consequences of using language others can not understand.
1 Corinthians 14 NKJV
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22 Therefore tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophesying is not for unbelievers but for those who believe.
23 Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all.
25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
26 How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.
27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret.
28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.
29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge.
30 But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent.
31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.