Of all the things I remember about the old television series Lost in Space, first and foremost I recall the popularized catchphrase, “Danger, Will Robinson!” Eighty-four Lost in Space episodes were produced; only one show spoke the famous expression—season 3, episode 11 (I almost find it a little disconcerting that I know the exact number of shows—thank you Wikipedia). Uttered by the surrogate guardian robot, it was a warning to the 9-year old electronics prodigy, Will Robinson. The slogan has become an American cliché for cautioning someone who is about to make a big mistake or overlook something critical.
How many times I’ve wished the lovable Class M-3, Model B9 robot were at my side prior to speaking some off-handed flippant, foolish comment. There are moments when my reaction to some displeasure has caused me to blurt out some silly remark in arrogance, all the while not thinking through the consequences of impulsiveness. “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!”
My mouth speaking before the mind is engaged has caused hurt and embarrassment toward others; shame and humiliation for myself. In some cases, things I’ve said in jest will never be fully purged from consciousness. So true are the words of James in chapter 3, verse 6:
“…the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness…setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.”
“Danger, Will Robinson! Danger, Will Robinson! Danger, Jack Hanson!”
Recently, while studying Matthew 12 at our 3D Bible Study, I was reminded of the hot water the Pharisees had gotten into by a flippant remark in response to the crowd’s query of who Jesus is. The Savior had just produced a mighty miracle upon a demon-oppressed man—the people wondered aloud “Can this be the Son of David?” Almost without thinking it through, (Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!) they flippantly replied, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”
Of coarse the Lord immediately and logically points out the folly of that reply, “…if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” My guess is they wished those words could be returned to their vocal cords immediately after utterance. In fact, the passage indicates the Savior didn’t even hear firsthand the impertinent words they spoke, He just knew the religious leaders were whispering behind His back—He knew what they were thinking. His response:
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
This was the answer the Lord gave to their flippancy. Every lazy, thoughtless word will be remember and register at a time most inconvenient—the trial at the end of the ages. What’s the best way you can keep from speaking hurtful, shallow comments now? Keep the heart pure, for out of the heart the mouth speaks. When you hear the sound of warning ringing, “Danger, Will Robinson!” “Danger, Will Robinson,” that’s the best time to pray and not to speak.
J. Robert Hanson