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The influence of a word, vs. the Power in a Name

The influence of a word, vs. the Power in a Name

The new Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary updated version with the addition of words and phrases commonly used now will not surprise a lot of people who use these words and phrases. It may in fact delight them, knowing that their verbal use and communication of these words will no longer be censored or edited. But, for others however who do not use such words as the ‘F-bomb’ word (one of those included in the updated version) in their daily vocabulary it will come as a shock to others to learn that it is now considered acceptable, approved language.

The ‘F-bomb’ and S____ words, once considered by some to be ‘vulgar’ language used by those who swore with them, and by them literally seemed to have no other preference. They are now not surprisingly popular words by choice, and becoming as common as its one time counterpart, ‘crap.’ But, they will probably now not be edited from PG-13 movies. In fact, some PG-13 movies are becoming far more lax and loose in their content, both in graphic scenes as well as language and dialogue. These new word and phrase additions to the dictionary continue to fill space and dialogue in movie scripts and published fiction, where a writer likely knew no better substitute word to use than those he or she used in real life. Thus, the F-bomb word and the S___ word worked for them, and producers, directors, and publishers were OK with it. Now, these words are finding common ground on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and web blogs.

But, they are not the words of choice for Christians, or those who tire from seeing, hearing, or reading these words in scripts, movies and books. One might say to someone in reply, “Well, if you don’t like it, go find another movie, or book where you don’t hear it, or read it”. OK. That’s understandable, except that if those words are no longer being censored, and are now acceptable to use in the English language and on movie screens, television shows and scripts, one will most likely not find a ‘Warning: language, dialogue, and graphic sexual content,’ at the bottom, informing the viewer, or reader to be alert to its contents. The chosen and now ‘acceptable’ form of protected rights for certain kinds lifestyles will not now, or ever forge a nation back to the way it once was if God’s name, and that of Jesus Christ’s is used as a swear word along with the new additional words to our most widely used English dictionary. When our country was founded God’s name and his son, Jesus’s name were used only with reference and respect as the One to direct us and our county to greatness and strength, leading by example for other nations and leaders to emulate our commitment to the God in whom we placed our trust.

My God, and my savior, Jesus Christ who allows us all a choice in how to live, what to say, and how to say what we want to say is never going to spit degrading obscenities to us, because He loves us so much it is not His style, nor His way to do that. Someone who loves us just a fraction of that much is not going to swear at us, defame us or cause us shame, or embarrassment. But, He is my lifeline, my defense, my protection, my redeemer, my Father and I need none other to live by. So, I use not His name to swear by, but to declare it the name I offer up praise to, and it is the name I speak and cry out to when I need His help, His direction, His unconditional love and His forgiveness.

The enclosed verses in the New Testament remind me of the Power in the Name of Jesus.

Philippians 2: 9-11. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord., to the glory of God the Father.” NIV

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Posted August 14, 2012 by Joyce in Devotional, Faith, Writing

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