LFEF (3.2): Shaping the world with the tip of your tongue.

7 06 2010

(“LFEF” stands or “Lessons From Expert Feelers”, the series of blog posts of which this post is a part.)

Last post, I showed that words and language OF GOD are crucial to the shaping of the world.  Now I’ll take it further.

The words of humans are also central to the shaping of our world.

I think we can safely assume that this is pretty much how the whole thing went down.

In Genesis, God wanted Adam to participate with him in the shaping and ordering of creation.  And he wanted him to do it specifically through his WORDS.  Among other things, God gave Adam the task of naming all the animals God made.  “He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)

Up until this point in the story, it was clear that God’s words were of great significance: God’s words carried power.  But here, we learn that the man’s words also carry power.  He doesn’t create any planets, but his words still have the authority to shape creation.  This even applies to his wife: When Eve is created, he names her and praises her as the helper and companion he has needed.

This is weird, huh?  God decided, “My words are central to this universe.  What I declare carries power.”  But he also decided, “The words of people will carry a secondary – but still significant – power.”  And it gets weirder… in my next post!

Barack Obama also agrees that words are important.  (He quoted it from this guy):

He named HER, too.

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2 responses

7 06 2010
Jomo S. Thompson

Deval Patrick’s speech, while speaking to the great power of words, also highlights the great danger that is worshipping the words of men, or the men who speak them. The men he quotes – President Roosevelt, President Kennedy, and MLK – were deeply passionate, deeply flawed men. They all inspired people and influenced our nation. Yet we only need lightly scratch the surface of their lives to find the sin.

Adam was, as you pointed out, a deputized speaker, God gave Adam’s words power, but when he ignored the proper order of things, disaster ensued. He worshiped the one he had named over the one who had given him the power to name.

Bringing this back to emotions. I agree that emotions are valuable and that is talking about emotions has power. In a conversation with my son recently, I (with your post in mind) made a point of having him verbalize when he was upset, believing it would help him process what he was going through. However, I think one of the reasons emotions have gotten a bad name in the church is because people worship them, spending hours of time and gobs of money on entertainment to try and mold their emotions to a state of euphoria.

I think what you’re going for is different, a balance with our emotions (a peace treaty of sorts) where one speaks them, feels them, knows them, and ultimately engages God to fulfill them (the happy and the sad).


7 06 2010
Tim Courtois

Amen! Ideally these things will be in balance – valuing right brain as well as left brain, intuitive thinking as well as deductive thinking, analog as well as digital, emotional as well as cognitive, male as well as female, etc.

Thanks for the comment Jomo!

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