The Word only comes alive when it is spoken out loud. The human voice is part of the meaning of scripture’s words and sentences. So, it is important to speak it with understanding.
Recently, Chris Hedges wrote a story about one of his theology teachers who made it a practice to pepper his information with inspiration.
You hear a lot of people these days punctuating their discource with “But, it doesn’t matter.” or “Whatever, whatever.” Those words end up sucking the life-blood out of any statement the person has just made.
Life and what we do and say does matter. What morals we hold does matter. Business practices are formed not only by economics but ethics. We should care enough about these things so that those who hear us speak can hear our passion, our convictions.
Information without humanity is dull and like dust, eventually covers everything with a kind of sameness.
Poetry, great novels and writing itself is the stuff of human culture. Relying on information without the context of humanity is like counting the trees in the Amazon without experiencing the richness of the jungle. “I got 200,000 trees, here. That’s all there is,” says the reporter. “The jungle is awesome!” says the explorer.
Sound is part of meaning and that part only comes alive when you speak it (Hedges quoting Phillip Pullman July 19, 2015 in Truthdig).
When we speak the gospel in the manner of a robot by just getting the words out, the soul of the gospel is absent. I suppose the Gospel can only come alive when it is anoounced from a heart that lives it.