Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”
Words are powerful things. Words are death-causing things. Words are life-giving things. Take political and social agendas for example. The words people use to promote their political or social causes will determine whether those causes fail or succeed.
Those who promote drastic changes to our way of life know the power of words. They do their homework in order to craft the best-sounding words and phrases in pushing their agendas. They do such an effective job that those who oppose them seem and sound foolish or old-fashioned.
Not that long ago, it used to be thought of as inhumane for a woman to mention ending her pregnancy. Until some very clever people coined the phrase “family planning”. To remove the stigma from all that the word “abortion” entails, they invented the attractive term “pro-choice”.
They were halfway to total acceptance of their agenda. To get there they found the words to portray those who disagreed with with. So they described everybody else as “anti-choice”. And if you dare argue with them, they say you are part of “the war on women”; you don’t want women to be “liberated”; you want women pregnant, barefooted and baking cookes in the kitchen. It’s hard to win against such war of words.
A more recent example is the whole “gay marriage” movement that is sweeping the United States. It began when the words “homosexual” and “lesbian” were replaced by the nice word “gay”, which speaks of being “happy”, people having tons of fun. Now, if you have a problem with that you come across as being against people’s “happiness”, as “discriminating” against people because of “who they love”. And that’s on top of being labeled “homophobic”, which literally means “human hater”!
If you want two men or two women to “marry” and have exactly the same rights and privileges as a heterosexual married couple, you are for “marriage equality”, the new “civil rights” issue. If you are not on board with that, why, you are for “marriage discrimination” then, which is just as “hateful” as being “racist” or “sexist”.
Once the proponents capture these verbal grounds, with the power of the news media repeating and spreading their beliefs, it is practically impossible for those who disagree to be rightfully heard or taken seriously. By the time we come up with words like “pro-life” and “pro-marriage” or being for the “traditional family”, we are basically playing catch up. The other side has already set the rules, and we are seen and heard as reacting, being defensive.
One other example illustrates how the big-change pushers have learned to weasel their way out of tight spots whenever reality or the facts prove one of their claims to be false. Example…
The years since some scientists, undergirded by some political and social activists, pushed “global warming”, we have been experiencing some of the coldest winters in American history. The “global warming” talking point was starting to fall flat. But before the global-warming camp could be called on to explain their “scientific” claims that the earth is warming, and that this rise in temperature is caused by human activity, they were quick to switch their language from “global warming” to “climate change”. That way, if some parts of the globe experience record cold or record heat, the “climate change” believers can have it both ways. Very clever! Deceptively so.
These fellow humans may not have memorized Proverbs 18:21, but they have applied it quite well: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”