Trash talk. Trash cars. Trash houses. Poor white trash. Trailer trash (Hey! Careful….)
By design, trash the noun inhabits bags, dumpsters, cans, trucks and landfills. It may also be compacted, burned, flushed, or disappear down the sink through a disposal. Some of our leftovers are hiked out to the back woods to feed the local wildlife. In our part of Tennessee, the personal pickup truck bed takes it to the nearest dump usually on Saturday. Woe unto the Saturday morning shopper who is behind said pickup whose driver didn’t secure the contents and is in no particular hurry. At any given moment a Wal Mart or Kroger bag comes flying out and can attach to the surrounding landscape for weeks on end until the men in the striped pajamas clear it away. BTW, the orange jumpsuits were traded back to the black and white stripes. Too many people thought they were groups of UT fans.
Trash the verb is a much bigger and increasingly out of control problem that begs a solution. Freedom of speech has encouraged and spawned the distribution of verbal vomit slippery enough to take down the purest logic. There is right. There is wrong. There remains very little responsibility for what is being spewed.
I’m tired of being slimed and I’m sick of children being forced into wading through it everywhere they go, unsupervised and unprepared.
Why do movies have to include profanity? Because it sells? I thought so. Why does it sell? It’s cool? Mature? Manure? Why is s–t bleeped out and God’s Name cursed all over the place including family hour? If it’s true that mature language is “real life” why is that acceptable? And in who’s trashy mouthed life would that be? It’s unclear to me if the entertainment media prompted the language or the language prompted its use in the media. Oooooooo … CENSORSHIP! That’s bad! Ooooooooooo … personal accountability …… can’t have that.
Censorship is not bad. The Bible is full of it. The book of James talks of the damage the human tongue can do. I quote the judge who said he wasn’t an art critic but he knew pornography when he saw it. We know trash when we hear it. It jades the mind and hardens the heart.
We should want to make a trash-free world for our children. We need boundaries. Standards of excellence. Now the broadcast industry is demanding the unobstructed use of the F word in all media formats.
From The Family Research Council: A massive call-in effort to support H.R. 310, the Broadcast Indecency Enforcement Act, lit up the Capitol Switchboard today. To counter this,
the former head of the Motion Picture Association of America is pledging an “avalanche” of ads designed to persuade parents that it is your sole responsibility to monitor what your kids watch. In other words, the MPAA wants to continue to pump out the sewage and make you responsible for the cleanup. “We want to tell American parents that they, and they alone,
have total power to control every hour of television programming,” says MPAA president Jack Valenti of the $300 million ad campaign he announced.
How noble. How empowering for you. And how ridiculous. The Federal Communications Act was passed in 1934 by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president –Franklin D. Roosevelt. That law gives the federal government the power–and the duty –to police the public airwaves. FRC’s Tom McClusky addressed a press conference this noon in which we and other friendly groups publicly called on Congress to give the FCC the
powers necessary to enforce the laws that Congress itself has passed. I doubt that Congress would have passed, or FDR would have signed, a law that allows sleaze merchants to broadcast four-letter words into our homes. Complain here.
They want to turn the air as blue as the text (why?why?why? are they that hateful toward everything decent and clean??).
Is there an agenda here? Whose is it? Why do we have to put up with someone else’s clear abuse of free speech? See Exodus 20:7. See Matthew 15:11.
We are “educating” our children by allowing them to be exposed to our multi-faceted culture in the name of open mindedness. Yo, Dads!! Moms!! They need preparation! First, you are responsible to teach them God’s side. THEN, you have no choice but to let them make up their minds when they are out of your sight, but at least they will have truth in their heads from you ahead of it!! In Ephesians 6: 10-17, Paul speaks in terms of a soldier’s armour. The King James version is most familiar. Now read it in the simple terms of the Message translation:
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Oh, my! I guess that answers Cain’s question too. We ARE our brothers’ keepers. We ARE responsible to care about others including what they see, what they hear, what they are exposed to. Imagine a bride in her white dress and veil, clean, perfumed, ready. Then, minutes before the ceremony, she runs out to the dump to dig up some lunch. However will her dress stay clean? What will she smell like? We are in the world by nature but are not to be of it in how we live.
Time is shorter every day. Our Bridegroom will not call ahead on His cell phone from the road. We have to get serious about taking out the trash. Now.