Cussing without Cusswords

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

–          Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 

I recently read a post by Brenton Dickieson, a Pilgirm in Narnia.  Here is a link. 

 

In it, he includes two videos.  The first video is a conversation between the host and Bono, of the rock group U2, and Eugene Peterson, discussing the Psalms.  The video goes into how they met and became friends.  As Eugene Peterson, who wrote The Message and other works, passed to the Lord a couple of weeks ago.  This post, by Dickieson, was a fitting tribute.

 

The second video is performance by U2 of Bono’s song 40, adapted from Psalm 40.

 

What I got from the first video was a statement, or at least a concept, from each person.

 

Bono had mentioned dancing and how David had danced naked in front of his troops.  He mentioned that the Mrs. wasn’t too pleased.  Then Bono said that we need to worship God and understand God with all our body, mind, and spirit.  He then said that the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a wonderful thing, relating the Trinity to our spirit, body, and mind.  It struck me that he was right.  The catechism answer is that “God is a Spirit and has not a body like man.”  So, we worship God with all our spirit, our soul.  Jesus has a body.  He sacrificed that body for us.  We need to worship Him with all our body.  And the Holy Spirit indwells each believer.  He is our Counselor.  We need to worship Him with all our mind.

 

As for Peterson he was asked about the violence of today.  (The film was done in 2015.)  He said he had a cross in every room of his house, not as art, but as a reminder that we live in a violent world.  Yes, our salvation came at a cost.  Peterson went on to say that if we could just find a way of cussing without using cusswords.

 

Wow.  What a concept.  Tim Hawkins comedy routine on Christian cusswords provides cute cusswords.  But if we could cuss without cusswords, we could tell God our displeasure as David did in some of the Psalms, and we could work out our frustrations without violence.  Peterson mentioned that the imprecatory psalms do a good job of that.

 

I am sure that the original interview contains a lot of outtakes.  As a friend explained at a week night Bible study that we are not saved by ‘good theology’.  There may have been times where Bono and Peterson disagreed, but the video showed genuine love between the two.

 

They were serving and loving God with all their heart, body, mind, and soul.

 

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

 

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