Is There a Man Who’s Religious?

Is there a man who’s religious
And does what he thinks he should?
But if his tongue’s not under control,
His religion’s no good.

The tongue’s such a small thing,
Like a bit in the mouth of a horse
Or like the rudder in a ship’s stern
To keep it on course.

But the tongue’s more like the small spark
That sets the whole forest aflame.
Unlike the wild birds and animals,
The tongue’s never been tamed.

Is there a man who’s religious
And does what he thinks he should?
But if his tongue’s not under control,
His religion’s no good.

About This Song:
In my humble opinion, the misuse of the tongue is responsible for more problems than anything else I can think of. The apostle James agrees. He wrote the Scripture I based “Is There a Man Who’s Religious?” on. Check James 1:26, 3:3-4, and 3:5b…

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

What more can I say? The Bible–God’s instruction book for how we humans ought to live–hits the nail on the head this time as well.

The next time you’re tempted to speak in anger or to gossip or say something unkind about someone, think about this Scripture and ask God to help you do a better job of controlling your tongue.

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About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger has nine published novels. Four of them are the now-completed young adult Altered Hearts series. Three are quirky romantic novels (as opposed to genre romance novels). The Devil and Pastor Gus is a speculative satire, and Rosa No-Name is a contemporary coming-of-age novel.
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