Spread across our countryside are hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Smokey the Bear “Fire Danger” signs. They indicate the relative danger there is of a campfire starting a forest fire.
Because of the humidity and abundance of rain in Illinois, the signs almost always read, “Fire Danger: Low.” Not so in California. There, the Smokey the Bear signs often read, “Fire Risk: High.” Forest fires are a yearly event in California and Arizona and Texas. Often times, they destroy tens of thousands of acres of forest and force the evacuation of hundreds of homes.
When it comes to our tongues, the danger sign always reads, “Very High.” We can set a blaze with our tongues that will cause untold damage. “See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire. And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity” (James 3:5b-6a).