I watch a lot of YouTube, and a lot of movies. This often gives you a look into the worst of humanity (the part of it that’s online.)
Like Furrys, I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking anthropomorphic animals, but do you know the sick connotations that term has?
I hope not for your sake. But I’ve picked it up streaming through videos.
Anyway, you know what I notice, there’s a growing problem that’s being almost ignored by he folks who comment on this stiff. (Like I am now, I guess.)
Maybe this is familiar to you, some one who thinks they are super funny is going on aobut something, and they throw in some remark against God. (It can even be a non christian God.)
I don’t know about Buddhists, Muslims, or Jews, but this really bugs me when it happens.
The insolent tone these folks use is kind of disturbing.
I won’t defend other gods, but I don’t really think they are something to joke aobut when someone truly believes in them.
Take an example from a movie I recently watched (it wasn’t good, by the way) the main character calls God a racist b—, with no real grounds for it that I could see, and other people in the movie think this is great. And funny. She’s applauded for her…moxie, I guess.
You know what’s celebrated in our culture? Irreverence.
We laugh at it, even applaud. Those who are out of control and insolent to everybody are praised as fearless and independent.
I wish I could say it was just unbelievers. but I’ve seen it among Christians too.
Some of you 40+ readers will remember when it was bad to use the phrase “Oh my God.” or any other cockamamie phrase that threw around God’s name.
Now I hear that all the time in church.
It’s hilarious. kid shows even nowadays will not use that phrase, or words like “heck” or “darn” because it would bother parents, but I hear it in church. Even in Sunday school.
I use darn and heck myself. Because to me, they mean nothing, or nothing important. You darn a sock. Heck isn’t even a real word exactly.
But throwing God’s name around implies that you feel the same way about that word that I do about these two words. That it means nothing to you.
And I’m convinced that for many people, it doesn’t. The idea that God would even take offense to that, if they believe in him at all, never crosses their mind.
It may seem like I’m being judgmental to mind this. But I’m really not. It’s a serious problem, your language reflects your attitude.
Now people will swear up and down that that’s not the case. We all deny stuff. It’s not a spectacular example of human failings. That’s why we shouldn’t buy it. People deny plenty of things that are harmful to themselves and others.
It’s like my cousins who use exclamations like that because their parents do, and they never stop to think what they are actually saying. And their parents learned it from their parents. And so on.
Irreverence is a huge problem because it signals a lack of ability to take anything seriously when it comes to the Spiritual side of life.
The Spiritual may not actually be ridiculous, but as C. S. Lewis pointed out, treating it like it has already been found ridiculous is both lazier than trying, and creates a general attitude of flippancy that ruins morality.
I think it is also possible to take things too seriously, but at this point, the only thing we’re in danger of taking too seriously is ourselves.
So the challenge is, do we need to look at how we talk aobut things and start watching ourselves more closely.
I’m pretty sure I do.
Those are my thoughts for now, until next time–Natasha.