President Donald Trump heard an unusual Christmas Eve sermon Sunday night when he attended an Episcopal service in Palm Beach, Florida.
While many church pastors across the country focused their Christmas eve homilies on the meaning of Christmas and the Gift of Salvation, the president, first lady Melania Trump, and those in attendance at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea’s 10:30 p.m. service were told about how words can be destructive.
The report states that Harlan quoted South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela: “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”
Harlan also asserted that “words matter.”
“Proverbs 18, for example, says death and life are in the power of the tongue,” the reverend was quoted as saying by a Washington Post transcript of the homily. “Words can build up or tear down. Words can speak truth or obfuscate truth. Words convey information, emotion, motivation.”
Harlan also reportedly talked about the healing power of God’s Words, which he said were used to make the universe. However, he stressed that words can have a “divisive potential.”
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Source: Christian Post