Tuesday, May 10, 2005

When the word “crap” means… crap

You would think that an associate pastor would, at the very least, have a basic understanding of the reverence that should attend the call to worship. You would think that an associate pastor would, at the very least, be cognizant of the fact that expressions of crude jocularity have no place within the call to worship. You would think that an associate pastor would, at the very least, have the common sense not to use even mildly vulgar language when attempting to make an un-Biblical illustration on how God can turn our dung into fertilizer. You would think. But then, you’d think that, a week later, an apology would also include an admission of wrongdoing. And you’d think that the “apology” would not attempt to sidestep the issue by accusing some congregants of taking the words spoken “out of context” (it was all really our fault, I guess). And you’d think that the “apology” would not be effectively negated by the senior pastor with a sarcastic admonition to the congregation in the form of, “I’m sure that none of you have ever made a mistake” (yeah, that’s the issue – the fact that none of us are perfect). You’d think.


Anonymous said...

I have no idea what incident you are talking about (there's no context), but would the original rendering of Isaiah 64:6 be classified as crude?

Rusty said...


Yes, the vagueness is intentional.

There are many examples of crudeness and vulgarity in the Bible. But I am not aware of any examples indicating that crudeness or vulgarity should be a part of the call to worship.

My post deals with, albeit a bit too stealthily, the question of whether or not a pastor who utters a vulgar expression, during a call to worship, should have known better.

Constance said...

Forgiveness. It is so easy to forgive mankind's other business failures, why not include the church?

Rusty said...

Ancethcal (what does that mean, anyway?),

I have no problem forgiving a pastor who uses the word "crap" in a crude and unbiblical illustration, during a worship service. First, though, it would seem that the person should express sincere remorse and admit to wrongdoing.

My post has to do with the fact that a person in the position of church leadership should know better than to speak that way and, after mistakenly speaking out of line, be bold enough to admit it was wrong. I also take issue at the lame attempt to turn the issue around as being about whether or not any one of us is truly perfect.

I realize I have not given the full details of the incident... and as I stated earlier, it is intentional. Consider this post as simply my way of getting something off my chest.