Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4
Well, a while back Beth Ann wrote about one of her pet peeves, so I thought today I’d tell you about one of mine. My husband and I went to a local dinner theater production last night. It was a musical. The amateur performers were quite good, and I enjoyed the singing. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the dialogue. Obscenities and coarse joking were definitely part of the fare. In my mind, this language detracted from the entire performance.
Possibly, in the minds of many, this makes me a prude, or at best an up-tight English major, obessessed with “proper” language, but I don’t think that’s the case. I understand that we are human and we sin. Inappropriate words have certainly crossed my mind, and even come out of my mouth on occasion — generally when I’m particularly frustrated or in pain. I ask for forgiveness and move on. It happens. What I am wondering is, when did it become normal, and even amusing to curse, swear and use bad language in front of anyone and everyone? Why aren’t we complaining when this happens? When did it become something we simply have to tolerate? The Bible obviously teaches this is a wrongful use of the tongue.
Here’s another example. I was sitting in our car, in a parking lot with my granddaughter, who was a young teenager at the time. A young man walked by, cell phone to his ear. It seemed as if every other word was an obscenity. He wasn’t angry, he wasn’t agitated — this was evidently just the way he communicated with others. I wanted to say that I didn’t appreciate hearing that language, especially in front of a young person, but I didn’t. I suppose I was afraid of creating a “scene.”
So, I’m asking you readers, what should we do? Should we speak up (hopefully with gentleness and respect) or should we keep silent? Should boycott movies, shows and other performances that offend our ears? Or should we quietly tolerate them because this is just the way things are?
Does this qualify as a rant? Maybe so– but I’d really like to see some other opinions!