A commenter with a tender heart and a positive mindset was offended, I think, by the tone of one of my recent posts – specifically, its sarcasm.
Is sarcasm an offensive way to communicate a concept?
Obviously, for this fellow, it was.
Is it effective? For him, it wasn’t.
Is it scriptural?
At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” – 1 Kings 18:27
“Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ – Jesus, Matthew 23:16
As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! – Paul, Galatians 5:12
That’s three small examples out of one big, big book.
I agree that it’s best for my conversation be “.. always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Point taken, Ted.
Still, on a rare occasion, I reserve the right sharpen my quill, ink it with as much grace as I can find, and dry the ink with the salt of good taste.
And if the salt gets in a small wound – well, at least it might serve as antiseptic.