“Argo, Something to take or leave. It is your blog. What some might find offensive is the swearing. I know… the message is more important than delivery. Your audience is mostly the churched, I think. You will offend some who might have gone on to inspect your ideas & then approve of them. Also, some parents may want their kids to read your blog for it’s enlightening content, but at the same time not want them to read & implement the cussing. 🙂
You should know by now I value your ideas (and you personally) & think they should be heard. Why include a possible barrier in your writing? You don’t need to use swear words to get your ideas across. I know your audience is adult, but why limit your ideas to them? Why not include kids & teens in your audience? Kids CAN handle it. They actually have a good sense of right & wrong from the get-go.
Just giving you a different perspective, a Mom’s point of view.”
One of the highly esteemed commenters here, A Mom, offered this bit of advice. A Mom is well known to me as a particularly sage personality, and her quick intellectual uptake and seemingly effortless ability to grasped what most of us would consider very difficult ideas with respect to unraveling the philosophical bloodbath which is Calvinism as it has evolved from metastasized Platonism–and all points in between–is much admired by not only myself but by others I have spoken to offline (see John Immel’s presentations from the 2013 TANC conference for a great review of the “in between”…they can be found at http://www.spiritualtyranny.com).I will preface this post by saying that it is in no way a personal criticism of A Mom…and I pray and hope she understands this, because she is an absolute treasure of a soul, and her contributions here and on other blogs she frequents are salient and refreshing and beautiful and MUCH, MUCH, MUCH needed in the arena of ideas.
This is a touchy subject, and I am not unaware of it. I am also not unaware that nothing I say can necessarily make people comfortable inserting, as Spock hilariously called them in Star Trek IV, “colorful metaphors”, into their vernacular. Further, I am completely aware of the frequency of my use of the naughty words, and the possible offense they might cause even some of my “allies” in this fight against Reformation Theology re Calvinism re Collectivism re Altruism re Pure Irrationalism re raw naked evil. I understand the apoplexy (not that A Mom is apoplectic, but some are) and confusion as to why I insist on poking the eye of basically every Christian out there, even those scarce few who might actually like me and/or what I have to say.
Is it a throwback to an early childhood trauma, you might ask? Some strange clinical pathology which dissuades me from a healthy promotion myself and deep down irrationally foments a belief that I deserve to be made the universal pariah; that somehow, God doesn’t want me to be successful in any capacity, and so I routinely and stubbornly engage in self-destructive behavior designed to sabotage what little interest in my blog there is?
Is it because the truth is that I hate the faith; that my victim status as it relates to my time in the SGM spiritual tyranny juggernaut has corrupted my soul, seared my conscience, and relegated me to nothing more than a leprous howler and fist-shaker writhing in oozing misery at the gates of the King, of which so many people on the Wartburg Watch and other blogs have accused me? Have I now turned Judas and despised the Christian calls for “purity” and “holiness” and have instead made it my goal to corrupt the weak-minded among God’s children; to lure them into a seedy trap of “unwholesome” speech. To confuse and intimidate God’s “elect” so that they might be given over to the temptation to say “ass” instead of the prime-time television-acceptable “jackass”; or to say “shit” instead of “shoot”, or “hell” instead of “heck”, or “fuck” instead of “frick”…even though we all know that the heart behind these impostors is utterly identical, and further that what the fuss is actually all about is which phonemes we prefer to be produced by the human speech mechanism in service to “civil” communication…phonemes being merely molecular frequency variations as the air in between people is bunched in and out like an accordion in little sine waves as a function of the inverse square law? Because we understand that it is totally consistent with our Heavenly Father–who declares that He desires mercy and not sacrifice, and that we shall wash the inside of the cup because that is where the real evil crouches–to care not so much about the heart as He does about whether the word is “dick” or “wiener”.
No. It is for neither of those reasons.
So why so much cussing? Why am I typing the f-bomb so often that I can barely make out the “f” and the “u” and the “c” and the “k” on my keyboard?
Well…because I LIKE to.
And because, yes, I think that “profanity” communicates my invective and other attitudes and temperaments and intentions quite clearly. When I want to tell you what I think about Evel Knievel, explaining that he is “fucking awesome” is a much more precise representation of my attitude than simply saying he is “awesome”. That when I say I hate Reformation theology for the flesh-eating evil it is, the most lucid declaration is that I “fucking hate it” rather than merely hating it.
You may not agree; but I find it hard to equivocate on one’s stance when the qualifier “fucking” is added before an emotional proposition. It lets you know that there is NO equivocation to be had. That there can be no doubt that the person who is willing to go so far as to offend genteel Christian sensibilities is completely convinced of his or her position on things.
Perhaps I am overcooking it a bit…making way too much of things, or over thinking the issue, which my wife sometimes accuses me of when I go on a binge rant after a particularly offensive neo-Calvinist spectacle at our “local church”…the spectacle cutely called “the morning teaching”. I like to think of it as a gentler version of a Joseph Goebbels propaganda rally.
But I don’t think so. After all, language is the only tool we have to communicate ideas, and I look at the communication and defense of ideas as the only efficacious weapon to be had against the onslaught of group-think socialist tyranny…that stark cliff upon which this nation teeters so precariously. And as one who often struggles to find the right words to communicate ideas which are hardly mainstream, you can bet that I am going to make use of whatever I can scrounge up from not only the barrel, but the bottom of it, too. I will scrape at it with bare hands if I must, tearing fingernails and bleeding out my callouses, using anything and everything I dredge up, from the f-word to slang to poor grammar, in order to get my point across.
And if I offend the audience of Christians…well, Christians of all people need a little fucking offending in this country, don’t you think? If anything the light shone upon the sick abuse perpetrated by the neo-Calvinist mystics has revealed it is that Christians need to learn to defend their ideas, their “sound doctrine”, reasonably. And further it has revealed that this decidedly does NOT occur within the cultist collectives of modern “New Testament” churches, where the ethereal notions are never challenged and where the soma is spun by Reformed witch doctors who make fortunes doping up their tithers, inoculating them against the harsh realities of the dour and hard world and its demand for rational consistency, and its refusal to stake its future upon fairy tales and the “divine wisdom” of those who say “well, the world’s lack of agreement is proof of that it hasn’t been given the grace to perceive”.
No? You don’t think that that is EXACTLY the right word for what they believe? Really? And though you don’t say it, do you think it?
Of course you do.
Bullshit! My gosh! It spews from the plexiglass pulpits and from the windows and the doors! You could fertilize the country and feed the cities with all the bullshit!
Bullshit! Bullshit! Everywhere!
My gosh! Look at all the bullshit they believe! Look at how we have exchanged God’s truth for a lie; and declared DEATH itself man’s greatest moral good; and have declared man, God’s greatest creative triumph, the incarnation of evil itself! Look how we have exchanged reason for madness!
Look at how just this week the thirty-year-old Adult Sunday-School teacher stood up and told a classroom which included at least one US soldier that he could not say for sure that the American Revolution was a godly, righteous undertaking! Look at how this same “teacher” declared that we must bow our knees in submission to any and every government which would proclaim sovereignty over us as individual human beings, because these governments are “instituted by God”…except for, he says, without a blush of shame for his rank hypocrisy and impossible logic, when they “cause us to sin against God”. As if one can argue that God sovereignly and absolutely institutes governments and yet is absolved of all responsibility should those governments cause the citizens to sin…as though in Reformed theology any depraved human worm can ever possibly be in the position to declare right from wrong without the government wholly defining the terms for them.
Look at the hypocrisy! Look at the vile teachings that millions upon millions of Christians are going to the polls with, voting the conscience of their “moral majority”! Look at the kind of despotism which is bred when we casually observe our “spiritual leaders” speaking out of both sides of their mouths, declaring impossible ideas which destroy man’s epistemology and God’s very SELF with it (for the man who cannot know TRUTH cannot know God)…yes, declaring these debauched ideas the very WILL of God. See the thirty-year-old Adult Sunday School “spiritual leader” declaring that God institutes evil governments which Christians are obligated to obey because to resist the evil would be to resist God, Himself…except when the Christians somehow decide that God’s sovereignly ordained government warrants their rebellion in service to God’s goodness, though they will simultaneously declare that the EVIL the government does is utterly purposed by God! Who among these “teachers” will remain un-chastised by the Almighty for damning His children to hell for such base thinking?!
And see the same “teacher” declaring that when the government decrees it, he will humbly, in service to God and to “sound doctrine”, march straight to one of the National Socialist collection centers and turn in his lawfully procured guns, because God calls us to obey any despotic regime in service to His absolute holiness, which apparently is no respecter of good and evil as it relates to government, because as this “teacher” says, “I can still be a Christian without my guns”. As if full-on larceny is somehow good and righteous when it is committed by the state on “God’s behalf”…as if that is what the Apostle Paul meant when he declared that governments are appointed by God to punish the evil doers. I suppose evil doers are now defined by our noble Reformed “teachers” as those who have the motherfucking audacity resist the wholesale theft of their justly-earned property in service to the absolute power of the State, which does almost nothing and exists for almost no other reason than to argue with God over who has the right to own man. And I suppose this “teacher” has totally considered the implications of his “well, I can still be a Christian if they take my X, Y, or Z, or do this, that, or the other thing in service to their absolute rule” theology. I’m entirely sure that he has considered the logical conclusion of such a terrifying and utterly insane notion. I’m sure that he has thoroughly contemplated and realized the fact that by his own reasoning he can merrily and enthusiastically point the Gestapo towards the nearest family of terrified and half-starved Jews hiding out inside a tiny, dank attic in Holland because he can still be a Christian whilst the State throws innocent men, women, and children into the gas chambers and ovens, to the numerical tune of six million plus. Oh yes…he can still be a Christian, I declare, while the forces of darkness trample over the smoldering skulls of hundreds of thousands of babies because God has sovereignly ordained these governments to compel humanity to “holy and righteous” ways; because he and everyone else is too fucking depraved and too fucking stupid to be allowed to think for themselves or to EVER cast judgment on what God has ALREADY determined before anyone was ever born.
But…yes, the offense of delicate Christian sensibilities must be considered above all else. Indeed, this is the mark of one who truly loves as Christ loved. I should have realized. I shouldn’t let the occasional superfluous “bullshit” or “motherfucker” get in the way of a good idea, after all.