Just Say ‘No’ to Profanity

hcsp.jpgI love to go to the movies. Sharing a bucket of hot buttered popcorn, sipping the boat-sized soft drinks, sitting in a huge theatre with a bunch of people all watching the latest Hollywood offering of suspense, drama, comedy, or action. It’s a wonderful escape.

My mother is not a movie-goer. She doesn’t like the cooped up feeling of having to sit still for hours watching a movie with a bunch of people she doesn’t know, getting her fingers buttered up, and dropping enough money to almost cover a mortgage payment just to eat snacks and watch entertainment. It just isn’t her thing.
So last week when my mom mentioned the possibility of us going to the movies together to see a film based on a book she’d recently finished, I almost passed out from excitement.
I promised that I’d look up movie times and get back to her. Before that, though, I checked out Christianity Today’s movie site, which offers movie reviews and a heads-up on the types of potentially undesirable things that may show up in the movie: violence, nudity, language.
The review mentioned this particular PG-13 rated-movie had more than its share of strong language. I cringe at hearing profanity–but especially when I hear it in the presence of my pastor’s-wife mom.
So I called my mom to tell her about that and see what she wanted to do.
She sighed. “That’s too bad! I really liked the book. I don’t know. What do you think?”
It took me a second to realize she was putting the ball in my clichéd court.
I faced a dilemma: (1) miss an opportunity to go to the movies–a true rarity–with my mom and enjoy two things I love (movies and my mother); or (2) go to the movie and be uncomfortable about what I was listening to and worry about what else was going to be said.
It seems like such a simple decision: just say no. And to be honest it was. I said no, without a second thought. We’d find another movie to go to, and in the meantime we could play games or go for coffee together instead.
More valuable, though, was the conversation my mom and I had about profanity.
Source: Christianity Today / Kyria.com | Ginger Kolbaba