I have a question for all the movie buffs:
Why do the strange, alien or fantasy characters in almost every movie speak with a British accent?
I watched Thor recently and sure enough the Norse “god” of thunder evidently dropped his Germanic dialect in favor of a burly British accent.
Consider other examples:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Star Wars movies, other epics like Troy, Gladiator, the Count of Monte Cristo (based on a French novel) all give many if not all of their characters the recognizable cadence of the Brits. When Robin William’s character transformed into a soccerball-kickin’ hip rock-and-rollin’ grannie, Mrs. Doubtfire came fully equipped with her own “muttled” version of the accent. Even Jesus’ tongue has been anglicized in the many films made about Him. After all, He is “LORD” of lords!
We seem to love the British accent. We should. It sounds smarter than Bostonian, more respectful than New Yorkian, and more high-minded than Southern. The best part is – all of us can produce a pretty good rendition of the accent ourselves.
So why am I blogging about this?
Because you can tell where a person is from when you hear their certain accent IF they have one. You know they are not FROM HERE as soon as they speak. Their accent always gives them away. And makes you ask more about their background.
As Christ followers, the Father longs to give our speech HIS accent. Paul said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt” Col. 4:6 In other words, if you are a Christian – let God’s dialect come through.
I like the use of the word, “Let”. You cannot drum it up. You have to let the Holy Spirit in you speak through you.
And yes, pray that the words of your mouth are pleasing (Psalm 19:14) knowing that “the power of life and death is in the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21).
So today, ask yourself… right where you work, live, study or play. When you speak, are you letting the timbre of the Holy Spirit come through? Are your sentences full of grace and peace?
I pray that we use words that draw people toward Christ.
I pray we can be transparent in our dialect of God’s love and grace.
I pray our ACCENT gives us away.