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Careless words can poison friendships, wreck families, and end careers. We saw a very public example of this just last spring. I’ll quote an Associated Press news report from April 12, 2007 to refresh your memory. It said, CBS announced Thursday that it has fired Don Imus from his radio program, following a week of uproar over the radio host’s derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. The article went on to say that MSNBC also fired Don Imus from his television simulcast of the same program. NEW YORK, April 12, 2007 (CBS/AP) www.cbsnews.com

Now I’m not that familiar with Imus in the Morning, but I’ve been told that Don Imus pushed Freedom of Speech as far as he could. He regularly said all kinds of things that were derogatory and improper. But since his show brought CBS Radio about 15 million a year, Imus probably figured he could say whatever he wanted without any consequences.

But he was wrong. One careless statement --- about three words long --- cost him his career. In an interview, Imus said he wasn’t going to whine about his fate. “I said it,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t say it.”

According to Matthew 12:35, EVERYONE stands in danger of being Imused. Jesus said, I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken.