In 1992 Mr Mugesera, then a member of Rwanda’s ruling Hutu party, gave a speech saying Tutsis should be killed and their bodies dumped in the river. Refering to Tutsis as cockroaches, he said they should be exterminated. That speech is thought to have incited the ensuing genocide that resulted in the death of nearly one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
It has been said that actions speak louder than words but I believe that depending on the spiritual intensity of the speaker, words can be louder and more effective than mere actions. God’s words outlast his acts.
Words linger, words stir spirits, words move the Holy Spirit. What other than hordes of malevolent spirits could have caused the Rwandan genocide?
On a business trip to Rwanda two years ago, I visited one of the genocide memorials in Nyamata outside Kigali and saw clearly the effects of the words of death spoken almost two decades before – thousands of human skulls piled up like stones.
Imagine if all we benefit from Christ was his miracles and his redemptive work but no inspired word? How dark would our world be? Actions are easily forgotten, but not words. Words can light up the world or darken it.
Words disarm armed men and can be infinitely more potent than atomic energy. This is why I see no reason for wars, no reason for Israel to bomb Iran’s nuclear weapons, no need to use brute force to contain Nigeria’s Boko Haram – just saying. Without any doubt, words can surgically neutralize weapons of mass destruction.
I never met William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill or J.F. Kennedy but their words keep stirring and speaking to me. When spoken from spiritual and intellectual depth, words are in a higher dimension than physical actions. Communism, Democracy, Capitalism, Terrorism and all ideologies are made up of words.
At the highest level of being, the word is everything. On the terrestrial level, agitation is everything. But mature spirits understand that the fundamental building block of the universe is the word and that all power in the universe reside in The Word.
Words, not action, hold the power of death and life. Skilled wordsmiths will continue to steer the course of history while the majority continue to believe actions speak louder than words.