Free Speech: South Park Helps Define A Problem
And Wise Speech
What about our speech?
With the busy-ness of keeping up with children and grandchildren, elderly parents, my home, my church, gardening, painting, writing, and trying to learn French at a very late stage, not to mention friends, neighbors and other relatives, and last but certainly not least, my dear husband (the very reason I am able to keep up with so many other people and things as I do), I had to look up South Park after reading the news today.
“Vague” is the best description I can give of my interest in what Messrs. Matt Stone and Trey Parker do. After getting a clearer grasp of what South Park is, though, I am looking at these young men through the eyes of a mother and my heart goes out to each of them. Clearly, these two have no idea what they are dealing with and they have not taken the consequences of Theo van Gogh’s bravery in standing up for girls and women trapped in bondage seriously enough.
However, the article reporting the threat against South Park’s creators mainly served as a reminder to me of the state of Christianity in America. Contrary to what some seem to think, America is not a Christian nation per se, but many of its founders were Christians and it was primarily built on Christian principles. South Park is not entertainment that I would be interested in but I see that it is wildly popular. Its popularity is an indication of where we are as a nation.
It should never be surprising when those who are not Christians mock God, His Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ, and the Bible. Those who do so are blind and do not know what they do. We should expect nothing less from them. They are caught in the grip of something bigger than they are. They are to be pitied and prayed for, even appealed to when possible. Out of appreciation for the mercy God has shown to we who do believe what God says in His Word about Himself and out of compassion, we should care about these people.
Does free speech mean "anything goes?"
The stuff George Washington was made of is a far cry from the revolting picture of an old man like our vice-president using such language and then trying to act as if he were a little school boy afraid of his mother.
The astonishing fact that so many people call themselves believers yet display no reverence for God’s Name or His Word is a basic demonstration of what so-called Christianity has come to in our nation. Not only do so-called Christians regularly take in “entertainment” that is saturated with dishonoring usage of God’s Names, people who claim to be Christian also use God’s Names just as profanely as unbelievers do.
These "Believers" either ignore the Bible’s warnings or are ignorant of what God says. Using God’s Names in a careless and disrespectful way confirms unbelief, yet people claim to be Believers while using His Name in the most common forms of vile speech.
Some want their speech to fit in and/or do not want to be considered “strange.” Does it matter if the rest of the world mocks us for taking a stand against using God’s Name with curses or to curse? Not to true Christians. We are not going to respond the way other religions might when someone profanes the Name of our God, but we will not use His Name in an irreverent manner.
When our vice-president shamelessly used the “f” word he was right, the issue at hand was a big deal, but he revealed his bad character and lack of sound judgement when he used that language. George Washington said, “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” The vice-president used that word behind his hand (barely), but he foolishly uses God’s Name freely.
Today, many educators, politicians, and entertainers mock and misrepresent George Washington and his quotes, his standards and his peers, and his work to help found the United States of America. There are lessons in his writing that we could still benefit from if only we would be willing to hear his voice reaching out to us.
The stuff George Washington was made of is a far cry from the revolting picture of an old man like our vice-president using such language and then trying to act as if he were a little school boy afraid of his mother. How can we allow him to shamefully represent our nation and so crudely exemplify leadership to our children?
Because we as a nation have rejected the principles that Christian men taught from God’s Word we do not have the same standards guarding our behaviors as we once did. Today, authorities permit senior SEC employees to watch pornography for hours on end instead of doing their job.
Judicial systems scold and release predators rather than protect communities. Children murder children, but anyone daring to present Scriptural counsel on concerning issues is asked, “Who are you to decide what is degradation and what is freedom?”
Wise Speech Yet Speaks
Without the standards of the Word of God people use drugs to subdue consciousness rather than submit their hearts and minds to His truths. Children are drugged with confusing messages and chemicals rather than being prepared and equipped for real-life living.
Families give their money to movie stars who use the financial gain and popularity to promote degrading agendas. Communities go to concerts and ball games while their governments take away freedoms.
Children, even tiny babies, are raped, and parents sell their children into prostitution. The truth of Ecclesiastes 8:11 is forgotten, put on the back shelf as an old-fashioned, unenlightened concept.
While Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered for their faith, Americans calling themselves Christians are going about their business of speaking, dressing, and behaving like the rest of our culture with an attitude akin to, "Let them eat cake."
Presuming on God's goodness to us, we amass houses, lands, and fortunes to the detriment of our own good when we do not live out the truths of the Gospel. Believers failing to believe what God says means there will be consequences for us as individuals, for our children, and for our nation--and a storm is brewing.
As a nation we have failed to cling to the truths that made our nation great. Principles that brought out the best in people (whether they were Christians or not) were derisively tossed aside when we should have been teaching them to our children.
Now, we are at the mercy of whatever wind blows. Hope still extends its hand out to us, though, and it is within reach of those who will look to God according to His Word.
While a study of Scripture absolutely must first carefully consider context, the themes of love and mercy that run throughout the Old and New Testaments contain principles that are for Christians of every nation for all of time. God speaks hope to His people..the time to listen is now:
• A Psalm
Do you think Americans take freedom of speech for granted?
- Truth Quotes: Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.
Playing games with truth is the worst kind of Russian-roulette, yet the topic of truth is rarely even discussed.
- PROVERBS The Goldmine Of SPIRITUAL WISDOM ~ PROVERBS 1
But without the wisdom to apply that knowledge it simply means one may simply know a lot? Wisdom on the other hand takes knowledge a step further...
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