September 26, 2007

Blogger Emily Hunter McGowin posted a quotation from a Starbucks cup that she thought made an excellent point. It said:

"You can learn a lot more from listening than you can from talking. Find someone with whom you don't agree in the slightest and ask them to explain themselves at length. Then take a seat, shut your mouth, and don't argue back. It's physically impossible to listen with your mouth open."
- John Moe, Radio host and author of Conservatize Me.
That is a great point! Many conflicts within Christianity today could be prevented if we would truly listen to each other. That is one reason why the first chapter in my book (For God's Sake, Shut Up!) is on listening. Hopefully, we will start listening to each other more. As McGowin wrote in her post, which was entitled "Shut Up":
There's a reason James says that the tongue is a "restless evil, full of deadly poison," unable to be tamed (James 3:8b). If a radio host understands the value of shutting up and listening, surely we who know the word of God should as well.

Thanks to the SBC Outpost for pointing out McGowin's post.