A Brief Defense of Hard Words and Careless Words

Anthony W. Brooks

Most of what I write is easy to digest. I want the reader to take it in and continue to read what I have put out there to read. My desire is to put my thoughts out there for the few people who actually pay attention to be encouraged by those thoughts. But there is another side to my thinking. Sometimes I don’t think my readers need easily digestible words, but to drink it black. There is a difference between drinking sweet tea and black coffee and sometimes to get a bad cream cheese bagel to run it’s course you need black coffee more than sweet tea.

Attention Grabbing and The Hate Train

Most culture monkeys think that responding in this black coffee sort of way it just a form of attention grabbing, and I guess they are right. Why post anything if I don’t want it to be read? I don’t enjoy having to respond to the hate train of our culture anymore than the necessity of writing about masturbation. But, alas, both are necessary topics of conversation on a Christian Thought blog.

Somehow if we bloggers seek to be read this is the thought crime of the century. But there is a way to do this sinfully and I recognize this. I have fallen into this sin and have had to seek repentance and reconciliation for this sin before. Take one Leighton Flowers and his dealings with Jerry Walls for instance on my last blog site. That was not much fun but it was a necessary lesson to learn.

Hard Words and Careless Words

I am defending both the use of hard words and seemingly careless words. Hard words are those words that sound distasteful at first glance and careless words usually are not followed by qualifying remarks. Both involve satire and stereotypes and can usually be confused for each other without distinction. But the reason I find them necessary is the same reason an air horn might be necessary to wake your drunk uncle. Sometimes to awake the depraved you need to say something they will never forget. If all I accomplish is 1,000 dislikes or angry comments then at least I did my job.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Published by A.W. Brooks

I am a husband, father, student, and classical Protestant Christian. My thoughts hold no authority, but they might help you shape the way you see the world. Who knows?

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