by Sandy Kirby Quandt
In thinking about what is acceptable these days compared to what used to be acceptable decades ago, I thought about Cole Porter’s song, “Anything Goes.” In that song, Mr. Porter states how times have changed, and the things that used to shock no longer do.
For those too young to remember what used to be considered acceptable in television shows, go watch some re-runs of “The Andy Griffith Show”, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, the original “MacGyver”, or “Murder She Wrote”.
On one writers loop I receive the conversation often cycles around to whether or not those of us who call ourselves Christian authors should use profanity in our novels. Each time this subject comes up, there is considerable discussion with voices on both sides of the debate. One argument on the “yes” side is that profanity in our writing is “authentic” and shows how the real world talks and lives.
The decision of whether to lace our writing with profanity or not is up to each individual. But for me, I believe followers of Christ are called to a higher standard than whatever the world currently deems acceptable at any given point in time.
I don’t think it matters what our occupation is; author, police officer, banker, secretary, waitress, engineer, landscaper, cashier, stay at home parent, hourly employee or executive, retired, work in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, or government, when we align ourselves with Christ, we are to imitate him. Not the world.
So what do you think? As Christians does it matter how we represent Jesus to the world around us in our everyday lives? Anything goes, or not/
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So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2 (MSG)
I wish you well.
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