There’s a Texas expression that I’ve never uttered before in my life, nor have I ever used it in one of my books, nor did I ever expect to ever use it: He’s talking out of his butthole.
Because I write clean-reading Christian books, I disdain profanity. Nothing will make me abandon a book more quickly than excessive profanity. Writers should be creative. Instead of repeating the “F” word endlessly, what’s wrong with: profanity dropped from his lips like cigarette ash; he used words that would have shocked his mother; his foul language was so excessive that it fatigued his listeners; her anger made her abandon her last shred of Christian training as she launched into a tirade against her coworker, the air splintered from the impact of cursing…etc.
Few things anger me. This did. An “academic” professor attacked the root of the Christmas story. He said Mary had been raped because she never consented to her pregnancy. This highly esteemed professor has a platform for attempting to destroy the foundational faith of students entrusted to him and is too lazy to research and get it right.
God gives us freedom of choice. Not everyone is a Christian. There are many other religions in the world. Everyone, even an atheist, has the right to choose what he or she believes. But it’s shameful and unforgivable that an “academic professor” who supposedly is better educated and more brilliant than the average gets away with spewing unfounded derisive words as truth.
Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” I don’t draw the salary that the university pays that lazy professor, but that sounds like consent to me. (Luke 1:38)
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior…For He who is mighty has done great things for me.” Luke 1:49.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be called the Son of the Highest…and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:31
The truth, the simple truth behind Christmas, the greatest love story ever written.
I’m trying. I’m really trying. But that professor’s words grate against my spirit and I can’t word it any better than my Texas friends: “he’s speaking out of his butthole.”
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I can well imagine how that got you angry, Steph. Whatever your beliefs, the story of the Christ Child’s birth is one that is venerated by millions and it both diminishes and sullies it to suggest that Mary was raped. I cannot abide that kind of denigration of anyone’s faith. As for foul language, I am completely with you. I won’t say I never ever use it because sometimes natural dialogue would be unnatural without it, but if anyone can find more than one instance of obscenity in any of my books, I’ll give them the net one for free!
You are a marvelous writer, Val, with the ability and intelligence to express yourself powerfully without profanity. I love your challenge of giving them a free book if they can find more than one instance of obscenity in any of your books. I’ve read them all (and loved them all) and I don’t remember even one in any of them.