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Some thoughts on ruler defiers.
The subjectivity of words.
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It may be the end of this podcast (or maybe not?), but I look forward to whatever you do next. Your work is enjoyable.
As for cussing, I don’t there’s anything wrong with it so long as it’s done sparingly, wittily and responsibly. I find this hard to do; therefore, I don’t cuss very much. And like you said, there are certain contexts where I would completely avoid it, such as at church or around small children. In the end, it’s about self-awareness and self-control. If you have those, talk however you want. If you don’t, well… maybe you shouldn’t be cussing (or speaking at all, for that matter). That’s my take on it, anyway.
Obviously no word has the power of a magical incantation to summon evil, unless you buy into modern witchcraft. So there is no inherent evil to using foul language.
So the only consideration I’d give would be to other reasons and that’d be going under the heading of ‘being all things to all men’ and ‘avoiding the appearance of evil’. One might find it silly that someone would be offended by the use of a word, and if that was all it was then perhaps you’d just apologize for offending this crazy person and move on. But in this case, culture writ large has determined a set of words to be naughty, and however arbitrary that may seem in isolation, I believe the case can be made to submitting voluntarily to cultural norms as to be the best witness/ambassador you can be, especially when addressing a general audience.
A stronger case might be made in context of the blood/crypt signs or other gang related paraphernalia, a Christian ought to avoid using signs and symbols which are associated with evil groups. Nazi symbols, or perhaps the american flag would also be suspect. We each decide where is the line, as it should be, but as for me I do not swear. I find it simplest than to swear based on context, I am the same at work and after.
But it is not inherently evil, and up to a subjective decision how one’s witness might be impacted.
I appreciated your approach and loved the podcast. I hope to see periodic updates based on and feedback you get or however else you determine to flesh out the anarchist worldview from a Christian perspective.
It is an interesting thing with the swearing and the Christian witness. I think swearing helps my witness in most of the non Christian groups I involve myself in. For many, the use of certain worlds feels like an arbitrary restriction and I think it may put on display a petty God at times. I have some concern Christians will see me and think, “He does not know God.”
Part of the reason I am choosing to use certain words for a general audience is that I hope for a culture change in the Christian world. Frick, shoot, darn, man, poop, etc, are not inherently more ethical than any other word, yet there is this tendency toward being offended by these words and judging others for using them. I think treating these phonemes with such power is restrictive in ways which may have the appearance of holiness, but may actually be preventative (in a small way) of living in the freedom and righteousness of Jesus.
I could be completely missing the mark on this, I know, but I do believe it to be the right thing, as strange as that statement would sound to 11 year old, “cursers are evil,” Jeremiah.
I’m not sure that the Hebrew midwives’ rebellion against Pharaoh supports anarchy. Most orthodox Christians, including people whom you would consider “statists,” would argue that it is appropriate to disobey the state when there is a conflict between the demands of the state and the demands of God’s law, and killing innocent babies is a violation of God’s law. However, this does not mean that Christians should not support the ordinary workings of government, including taxation and regulation.
It sounds as if this is the only episode you listened to (or one of few). Is that guess accurate? The case for anarchy is mostly made in other episodes.
This particular episode was not intended to support anarchy in the positive sense, merely to critique a particular type of interpretation of Romans 13 which advocates of aggression often use to justify the State. The intention was to point out how silly this argument sounds when discussed in light of the Hebrew midwives story.
Taxation is murder backed theft and the majority of regulations violate human rights rather than protect them – and the regulatory system is funded through taxation which is murder backed theft. Theft is a violation of God’s law therefore Christians should not support the ordinary workings of the State.
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