Mema means “just to say something” in Filipino. It came from an actual Tagalog phrase “may masabi lang” (may or me and masabi or ma) condensed in one word. Often it is used to people who are obviously just throwing words in a conversations, talks or from their statements that sometimes doesn’t have bearings or just for the sake that they are saying something. It’s assuming that they are contributing something but in reality they don’t.
Looking for examples of these mema, you don’t have to look far and wide. Log on to Facebook or any social media, scroll a bit and you’ll see what I mean. Sometimes we see it from words of some politicians. Look at our political landscape. Never has there been a time like this that mema were disiminated online. They could be as tactless as they wanted to be. They don’t need to have content in their statements. They just open their mouths and let their tongue loose. They don’t need optimistic speeches to be liked. Mema are employed for it’s shock value and not for substantive content. Some of these memas are in the form of personal attacks or threats. They know that some folks will get offended, however they know they will have minions that will clap and cheer and even become defend to whatever they spew out of their mouths.
Some will disagree with me if I dismiss words from some politicians as mema. Some will argue that it’s a personal opinion or we should not take it literally. Then again, personal opinions should be kept to one self and not for public. Coming from a public servant who should put the public interest first rather their personal or political affiliation. Arguing that its mere metaphoric language on the other hand, makes you wonder if we really need of these in some serious talk. Why put people in a mystery hunt when we can say it bluntly and avoid being misquoted? It’s not a secret to all of us once we put out our words on social media or it goes to the evening news, it will bring ripple effects to our nation whether for good or for worse. If it’s not mema, then what is it?
Some might conclude it as conspiratorial and dismiss it as a diversionary tactics or “test balloons”. According to them, the government is hiding its incompetency by being mema. By sending out these words out, hoping that people lose focus on the real issue. This will give time for people to forget the things that matters most. After all, we all know we have a short term memory and our society is easily duped to this scheme.
However, mema is not a mere distraction to the real issues nor exercise of one’s personal opinion , but a sin of distorting of truth. It’s not just throwing empty words but wasting a God given communication that will benefit others and glorify God. We are given by God opportunity to express something that provide meaningful and helpful words that maybe in the form of encouragement or vital information. Mema undermines that opportunity and deprives the speaker to be wise in the sight of God.
In this mema filled world, believers should keep these things in mind:
First, we should put some value on the things we say.
Scripture is not short in telling us on what we should say.
In Proverbs 10: 20-21 we read:
“The tongue of the righteous is pure silver; the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.”
Second, is that every idle word will be judged by God.
In the New Testament, we’re given stern warning for every idle words we speak out. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew 12:36-37:
“I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
So we should heed to these passages and make our words count always in every conversations we engage with. Don’t be a mema. Use these opportunities to built people and stir up the gift God has given you.