‘Brood Of Vipers’: Let’s Not Equate The Sharp Words Of Jesus With Today’s Angry Rants

‘Brood Of Vipers’: Let’s Not Equate The Sharp Words Of Jesus With Today’s Angry Rants


As followers of Jesus, should we emulate His example of rebuking our adversaries in the strongest of terms? Should we call them a “brood of vipers?” Should we pronounce them “children of hell,” as Jesus did?

I recently tweeted, “I have a radical proposal to make: In the midst of our profound differences, within America on many fronts, and worldwide, based on our different religions and ideologies, can we at least seek to maintain a spirit of decency in our interactions? Is this too much to ask?”

Then, as a discussion around this tweet unfolded, I added, “For followers of Jesus, here’s a divine mandate: ‘Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.’

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