Words Have Real Meanings


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Don_BlakeChristians and The Culture: “Defending Faith, Family and Freedom”

February 2010

We all say things – words – that we often would like to take back, sometimes as soon as they exit our mouths, or soon thereafter.  We have short-term brain to mouth disconnects.  I am not talking about those kinds of words.

I would like to look at words – one at a time – and how our world culture uses words to change our thoughts and to desensitize us to “their” world view.  We have to first, recognize these words and, second, not accept the use of these words.

Let’s look at some words that are in front of us everywhere:  television, newspapers, magazines, movies, advertisements, hotel rooms, family, friends and co-workers.


Pro-life means Pro-life.

Pro-choice really should be Pro-death; one is either one or the other.

Drug user/drug addict, or the politically correct – “partier”.

Drunk/alcoholic or politically correct, “Good Time Guy”.

Adulterer or politically correct, “player” or “philanderer”.

Pornography or politically correct, “adult entertainment”. 

Bad behavior is bad behavior whatever its name.


Probably the worst use of behavioral words are these, and these words are a plague on our Christian Culture:  LGTB – Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bi-sexual.  The behavior is homosexuality.  The word “homosexuality” is “harsh” and “truth-telling”.  It is not “so bad” to be a “lesbian” or “gay”.  We do not hear or read about “homosexual rights” but “gay rights”.  We don’t read about “homosexual marriages”, but “gay marriages”.  It is not “homosexuals” in the military, but gays and lesbians in the military. 

In the first week of March the headlines were “Gay Couples Line Up In D.C. for Marriage Licenses”, “Gay Marriage Now Law in Mexico City”, “Maryland to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages from Other Places”, “Gays Want to be a ‘Protected Class’ in Virginia” and “Democrats Pledge Quick End to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

Sin is sin no matter what name it is called.  We are all sinners and all sin separates us from God.  It is logical to think that some sin is worse than other sin in the damage that is caused, especially when special attention is called to it in the Bible.  See Leviticus 18:22, 24, 25 and Romans 1:26-27. 

Did you think our nation would be here a few years ago?  How about 10, 20 or 30 years ago?  Where will the misuse of words take us as a people?  Others, especially those with an agenda, will continue to mislabel bad behavior, but we as Christians need to speak truth to the world.  A spade is a spade – and always will be a spade, no matter what some call it.

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