Seems our culture has gotten a lot less careful about a lot of things, especially things regarding sexuality.
- TV programs air things today that years ago would have been relegated to R-rated movie theaters — or worse!
- Magazine covers are so lewd that I cringe whenever going through the check-out line, which–thanks to our garden, our CSA, our co-op, and the fact that I make almost everything from scratch (including coconut milk, chocolate chips and foaming soap)–I rarely grace with my presence anymore.
- Clothing has gotten so outlandish that it is even hard to shop in even the most conservative at stores, and I struggle with what my husband and sons end up looking at, even at church.
But what about our words?
Language reflects a great deal about who we are.
I think that, as Christians (and moral persons of every religious persuasion), we need to be careful what we say and think more carefully about what our words mean rather than just pick up what the culture is using and adopt it as our own.
To quote one of my husband’s colleagues, John Leonard (a Milton scholar), “The corrupting of innocence begins with a corrupting of language.”
Now I already was concerned and uncomfortable whenever I heard words like
- “s*cks” and
- “bl*ws” make their way into mainstream speech. I know, it probably seems strange to you that I am putting the “modesty asterisks” in there, but I just can’t help it. Knowing what their original meaning is, it really grosses me out to type them and well, my 10 year old often reads my posts, so I’d rather keep him a bit more innocent for a while longer :-).
More recently, however, I have been increasingly discouraged to hear this newcomer in our common everyday speech.
The word “hottie.”
Please come over to Modern Alternative Mama for the rest of my thoughts on Sexuality and Speech.
And if you have a moment, I’d love it if you dropped back over here to tell me your thoughts as I can read comments, but cannot interact with readers over there :-).
Shared at Biblical Womanhood Friday.