Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Now, The Language Comment
How many times of late have any of you been out in public -- it could be a restaurant, gas station, anywhere -- and your ears are accosted by someone bleeping out foul language? Hopefully it doesn't happen in church, although I have seen that happen more and more of late, and sometimes from the platform. God forbid. But I digress.
It seems that America's language is growing more and more foul by the year, and at younger and younger ages. You can't even watch the news or prime time television any longer without a bunch of bleeps. Sometimes they don't even bleep.
I was amused today at a story on the newswires about a woman who was recently charged with using foul language and disorderly conduct. Apparently the toilet in her house overflowed, and she was screaming obscenities at the top of her lungs loudly enough to be heard by her neighbors. She got turned in after she was asked to tone it down and responded to the request with more curses (according to the story). Some have been outraged at the fact that she was in her own home, but she was legitimately charged because her volume AND language disturbed the peace of her neighbors. But here's what is really interesting.
In this particular locale, it is against the law to use obscenities and profanity in public. You can be cited for it. I am not sure how many other places have statutes like this in place, but I think that maybe it's time they were enforced. Don't whine at me about free speech either. You don't have the right to be obscene and vulgar in public. I wish they'd add another provision besides a fine. Perhaps some mouths should be washed out with soap . . . by force.
Can't you tell my tolerance level and patience with our increasingly ugly society is wearing thin? That in and of itself worries me a bit. What does the Lord say about the last days? "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold." That's Matthew 24:12. I really don't want that attitude hardening in me. But I can see how it can happen in otherwise tolerant people.
I think this society had best wake up to a sober fact. Even aside from the judgment of God, the loss of freedom often results from the abuse of freedom. Right now, we have a whole lot of freedom abusers, and it's getting worse. If society refuses to govern itself, someone will -- in time -- step in with an iron hand and govern it whether it likes it or not. May the Lord have mercy on us if that ever happens.