I’m reading a nonfiction library book, written by a non-Christian, and a few times someone the author quotes takes God’s name in vain, the way non-Christians do.
At least I think they did. Some prior borrower has marked the words out in heavy black ink, so they’re unreadable. Then another borrower re-wrote what I think are the original words back in, between the lines.
I know God tells his people not to take God’s name in vain. I’m not sure God has told his people to deface public property if someone who doesn’t know him has done taken his name in vain.
What do you think?
In an unfortunate follow-up, I have to report that LifeWay Christian stores have decided to ban the sale of the movie “The Blind Side” from their stores because some of its characters use language that is slightly representative of non-Christians living in poverty. I say “slightly representative” because I’ve spent a fair amount of time with non-Christians, poor and wealthy, and the language used in this film barely ticks the “unsanctified language” meter.
You know I’m not in the habit of offering a humble opinion, so I’ll just be straightforward. When a film is produced that depicts people of faith who go into the belly of the beast to rescue the perishing, and people of faith ban its sale because it depicts the beast, the people banning the sale have to be short on faith. If they had a strong faith and experience in real world support of people with real needs, they wouldn’t be concerned about whether God’s people, empowered by God’s spirit, could stand up to flickering images of a world God has told us is corrupt.
These anxious Annies and Andrews don’t seem to be the kind of faithful who go out to rescue the perishing. They seem more like the kind of people who sit on the dock and wait for the perishing to wash up close so they can urge them to pull their bedraggled selves up onto the shore.
- LifeWay Bans Sale of The Blind Side (relevant magazine)
- If the Bible Were Written Today, It Wouldn’t Be Sold in Christian Bookstores (patheos.com)
- Why literary teens can’t swear (guardian.co.uk)
- Those #!&*@ Christians (pastorjeffcma.wordpress.com)
- The Evolution Of Swear Words (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Tim Tebow’s Request to Beverly Hills Hair Salon: No Swearing Please (celebuzz.com)
- Shop drops Blind Side and upsets Christian faithful (guardian.co.uk)