I admit it. I’m a serious person. Perhaps I’m too serious for my own good. But, God put something very important in his Word, which reminded me of a situation which got my hackles up pretty high earlier today.
In Matthew 5:37 NKJV, Jesus says:
But let your Yes’ be Yes, and your No, No. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Earlier yesterday morning, my maternal grandfather and his roommate came over for a while to our place. We talked, laughed and joked, and discussed certain important matters which are irrelevant to this blog entry. The roommate said something which caused me to quickly put a shirt on out of respect for what was said. “Oh, and we’ve brought four other people here with us”.
I’ve been known to go around the house during the day shirtless, especially when it’s a beautiful Arizona spring day at 75-80°. But, when guests come, I’ll obviously put a shirt on, so as to avoid being uncouth. I come out of my room with a shirt on, and I inquire as to our other four guests. Oh, Benny, ha ha ha, I was kidding. We’re the only ones here.
Now, I can hear the reader saying, “Okay, so what if the roommate was somehow joking about that? You were gonna put a shirt on for Grandfather and roommate, weren’t you?”
Oh yes, that’s correct. I would have definitely put on a T-shirt because of them. That’s not the point. I went from looking how I look during a weekend to wanting to look my best for these four phantasmic guests. That in and of itself isn’t the problem either. it’s that serious-sounding statement about the four other people.
For those who know me, I’m very difficult to deal with if you’re that jokey person whose vocal currency is the offhanded joke. I’ve known blind, visually impaired and fully sighted people alike who are this way, and it drives me up the wall. Remember that I’m a language buff. Meaning is therefore very important to me, so when almost every sentence which you utter is some kind of offhanded quip which doesn’t mean what it says, you’re gonna see my ire.
Enter the aforementioned biblical passage in the book of Matthew. We know by looking in that neighborhood that it’s the Sermon on the Mount. It’s a discourse by Jesus on how he asks us to live out our lives. Now, one may ask why I cite this particular bible verse. No one is swearing to me about four other people in our house aside from Grandfather and the roommate. How’s it relevant?
it’s relevant, in summation, because she made me change up things so that I’ll be more presentable for people whom I didn’t know. She did not indicate any sort of humorous intent with her voice, which is my only way of knowing her intent. And, she didn’t refute my sudden actions thereafter. Now, admittedly, she’s visually impaired, so there’s a very high probability that she just didn’t see me, but the point still stands. Do not say that four other people are here, followed by no other voices aside yours and your roommate’s until I inquire. You would not like it if I said with a straight face that the president of the United States was coming over in five minutes, just to laugh it off as just another meaningless joke. In other words, I beseech you, don’t cry wolf! if this person says something in that manner which does turn out to be totally true, will I believe her? Is it godly to do that to people anyway?