Have you ever heard this one?
This little phrase is sort of like the Christian catch all for every conceivable sin of the tongue. I mean, lets think about this one for a momentâ€¦
Example One: A lot of times when someone is jealous of someone else and they are â€œcaughtâ€ red handed in their sin (yes, jealousy is a sin), they will take the immediate opportunity to, â€œClarifyâ€ a few things about what the “misinformed” person is categorizing as jealousy. The â€œClarificationâ€ often goes something like thisâ€¦
â€œWho me, jealous? No, Iâ€™m not jealous, Iâ€™m just â€˜concerned.â€™ Iâ€™m â€˜concernedâ€™ that this (â€˜thisâ€™ meaning, again, whatever theyâ€™re jealous of) might be happening for the wrong reasons (insert here, â€˜any reason other than our ownâ€™). The jealous (oops, I mean, â€œconcernedâ€) party then uses the listing of concerns as a chance to spread rumors and even slander about the person they are
jealous, oops, I mean, â€˜concernedâ€™ about.
Example Two: Or maybe you had high hopes that things at work, with friends, in the neighborhood, at church, etc. would go differently (read here, â€œyour wayâ€) then they have actually gone and so you decide to leave.
Youâ€™re worried that people might take your leaving the â€œwrong wayâ€ (read here, that your divisiveness was wearing thin and you had to seek out greener pastures more open to your agenda, oops, I meant, â€œGodâ€™s will.â€) so you attempt to “clarify.”
Example Three: “That’s not what I meant by that! Let me clarify!” <– Truth? The first thing you said is exactly what you meant. It’s what comes next that ends up being the lie, but you’ve been found out, so now you need to “clarify.”
Itâ€™s funny, Jesus never seemed that interested in â€œclarifyingâ€ things in order to â€œset the record straight.â€ In fact, He left the record crooked, with holes in it, or a complete mystery His entire earthly ministry. And that same recordâ€™s been attacked, bent, twisted, distorted, rewritten, misinterpreted and manipulated ever since. Yet even still…
He never defended.
And NEVER EVER practiced spin control.
Perhaps the most striking example of this can be found in the final hours of His life on this earth when Pilate stood before Him and asked Jesus to, essentially, defend Himself against the many accusations that were being leveled against Him. Pilate was giving Jesus one last chance to â€œclarifyâ€ His position. But Jesus refused to defend Himself. Jesus wasnâ€™t into â€œclarification control.â€ And people arenâ€™t used to that. It frustrated Pilate to no end. Read the following:
4So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” Mark 15:4
But Jesus said nothing.
He was living His life for an audience of one.
His heavenly Father.
And God the Father knew exactly what was going down.
So did Jesus.
Are we clear?