I was introduced to a new phrase recently: “throwing shade.” There seems to be a whole lot of connotations and inferences associated with this particular idiom. Regardless of what you think about it, I’d like to put another spin on the subject.
Basically, its a comment on behavior. I get derailed, however, with the comment originating within ones own perception.
I’m flawed. I have issues. I see (imagine?) things in the way others speak, dress, act that simply aren’t there. This way of addressing the behavior of others smacks of a self-centeredness and a desire toward personal justification. Mostly, because it depends upon my own opinion or perception for its validity.
Accuracy of language is important. Call someone’s behavior condescending, rude, inappropriate, or mean. At least that leaves open the possibility of further dialogue, or education, or even edification.
I struggle with assigning motivation as much as the next person, perhaps more. Either way, I say we should seek to lift each other up in our discourse rather than marginalize and demean. I am absolutely a hypocrite in this regard, but it doesn’t change my desire to achieve greater things with my words.
How have you used speech to encourage your neighbor recently? What is your motivation?
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Luke 10:29 (ESV)