Talk radio is more popular than ever and I was a willing contributor to this media genre. Several years ago, I would spend at least 1 hour a day listening, during my commute to and from work. As I listened, I began to notice a subtle but measurable change in my attitudes and conversations. I become more opinionated, taking a hard line stance on many issues that were being discussed amongst family and friends, largely influenced by the various commentators. I grew increasingly agitated when these topics were brought up in everyday conversation.
Talk radio thrives by generating controversy and I was a willing participant. I am susceptible to emotional outbursts and talk radio nurtures and stokes this weakness. I draw vitality and enthusiasm from others who exhibit a similar, if not greater, amplitude of energy. It took me a while but the Holy Spirit convicted me of my increasingly argumentative and belligerent behavior. He changed my heart and brought healing to my soul. One day, I simply stopped listening to talk radio and never missed it.
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 (ESV)
There are times that one must take a stand and state one’s opinion. In my case, I was frequently doing it simply to hear myself speak. I thought it cool to sound authoritative when in reality, I was fomenting strife and arguments. I still lapse into these bad habits, but with the power and grace of God, I am able to take a step back and understand that anger and pressured speech does not equate to assuredness and certainty.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.