Scripture has a great deal to say about the tongue, and not much of it is pleasant. We are told first that none other than death and life are in its power. We are then informed, should we not have been sufficiently intimidated, that the tongue, this possessor of the power of life and death, is, by nature, also “a flame of fire…set on fire by hell itself.”
For attorneys, and for those in many other communication-oriented professions, words are the tools of the trade and what we deal in daily, relentlessly, continually. How can we handle in an effective and God-honoring way what seems so like nitroglycerine?
Our highly honored guest is Olga Statz, General Counsel of the NYC OATH office. It is her responsibility to hold judges and lawyers accountable to the law. We will look closely at what the Bible has to tell us and also examine the work of the late Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though diametrically opposed in ideology and legal perspective, they remained steadfast friends over decades. As they strongly critiqued each other’s ideas, they showed the world how to use language forthrightly, responsibly and effectively.