The Philosophy Of The Gaffe


Online dictionaries define a gaffe as an error, a social blunder, a tactless mistake.

Our media is fond of using the gaffe in describing much of the articulated speech of our elected officials.

It concurs then, that our political leaders are prone daily to many errors, blunders, and mistakes.

Wow! How comforting.

Those who are leading us, according to the press, perform their duties in a hit and miss approach.

Luke 16:10  He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much.

Jesus said, if you are faithful with the little, you will be faithful with the much.

If you are unfaithful with the little, likewise you will be with the much.

Lu 6:45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

If you commit gaffes with your speech, you will make errors, blunders and mistakes in big decisions.

If gaffes salt and pepper your dialogue, they dwell abundantly in your heart.

If you heart is prone to blunders and mistakes, what kind of a leader are you?

Joh 21:18  I can guarantee this truth: When you were young, you would get ready to go where you wanted. But when you’re old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will get you ready to take you where you don’t want to go.”

These famous words Jesus uttered to Peter as He defined Peter’s approaching death.

If we are content to be led by those who are prone to gaffes they will lead us to where we don’t want to go.

And we are cool with that?

Many of us are.

I am a leader. I am distraught when even making one mistake.

I have a responsibility to those whom I lead, and will make my wrong right, to the best of my capacity.

Hardly, do I see one of these gaffes corrected.

They are applauded, glossed over, or joked about.

The media drools over them.

The people dismiss them.

Politicians justify them.

Yet, the mouth that utters gaffes is coupled to a heart of poor and unstable leadership.

Those who are content to be led by such men, balk at the notion of being led by The One who makes no gaffes.

I can only continue to pray for my country that Almighty God will grant sense and sensibility back to the American voter.

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