by Mark D. Stucky
Hissing whispers in the garden twisted the warning words of God. A shadowy tempter in the wilderness shouted enticements to the Word made flesh. Twisted words whisper and shout today, from screens, podiums, and even pulpits, spouting conspiracies and misinformation, pushing discord, division, and condemnation, promising power, fame, and friendship, flaunting false pleasures and successes, but leaving hearers hurt and angry, or lonely, anxious, and depressed. Listening instead to words of Jesus centers us on truth, love, peace, joy, and working together for the good of us all. So many voices clamoring for our attention, a noisy din of distortions and contradictions, a continuous cacophony of words. Some resulting in harm, some in healing. Whose words will we heed? Whose path will we choose?
Mark D. Stucky has degrees in religious studies, pastoral ministry, and communications. After being a pastor, he became a technical and freelance writer. In his day job, he’s documented technology products (ranging from building automation to satellite communications). In free time, he’s written articles, stories, and poems on a variety of (usually spiritual) topics. He believes in following facts and faith, understanding other perspectives, preserving the earth, protecting the vulnerable, and saving the world (or at least trying to). For more writings, see cinemaspirit.info.