Ah, the asterisk! That simple, starburst-like character that is used in writing to denote a qualifying limit to a term or to replace a letter or letters of a word.
And it’s the latter that I’m talking about today.
That euphemistic symbol (*) is thought by many to be a clever way of communicating a word without actually writing it.
“Why would that be a problem?” you might be asking.
Well, it becomes one when the word in which the asterisk is employed is a vulgarity or a profanity. Somehow the writer or the promoter of it has deluded themselves into thinking that they are either being polite by not writing the fully offensive word, or that by utilizing the asterisk(s), they are absolved of any wrongdoing in expressing it, since they didn’t “really” utter the whole word—as if the reader didn’t know and mentally hear what was intended.
You still may be thinking: “So? What’s the big deal?”
The big deal is when not only the public is doing this, but when Christian Scientists are regularly involved with it on social media such as Facebook—either originating the foul content themselves or by sharing another’s posting.
“And just why is that such a problem?” you may still be wondering.
Because as Christian Scientists we’re supposed to be keeping ourselves above the world’s way of doing things, that’s why! We’re supposed to be healers who heal the sick and reform the sinner. And delving into the depths of—and let’s not beat about the bush here—gutter and grossly sensual language does not and cannot promote healing. It is the antithesis of a Christly mentality!
Now, some may be protesting, “But everyone uses these expressions! It’s just modern parlance. And in order to seem normal and interact properly—and maybe even reach these folks—I need to speak in their terms—on their level!”
As my grandmother use to say, “Rubbish!”
Such a rationalization is the carnal mind’s ploy to get us to join in with this moral offense. And its underlying serpentine claim is that the real God-like communication cannot reach others—cannot penetrate through the mesmerism that has taken over these individuals’ experiences. It would assert that Jesus’ declaration that “they shall be all taught of God” in the Gospel of John is not true.
Claims and assertions that are utterly false and without any foundation whatsoever!
And here’s the thing: those Christian Scientists that have adopted these erroneous methods—or who are actually voicing the complete profanity, or using acronyms as substitutes (as if that made a difference!)—are totally unaware that they are being wrongfully influenced by the carnal mind’s urging to accept this form of evil. And make no mistake, that’s what it is!
And it’s one that is being promoted heavily by psychology and psychiatry (both of which are forms of materia medica) as a means of relieving stress through venting such unseemly utterances.
A claim that simply doesn’t hold water!
I mean, really, could embracing one form of dissolute error possibly alleviate another? Could that in any way be considered Christianly scientific?
Does Mary Baker Eddy have anything to say on this subject?
Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 228)
So before you’re tempted to indulge in this form of sin, consider which path you should be taking—the strait gate that leads to salvation or the wide one that careens to destruction of which Jesus stated “…many there be which go in thereat”! (Matthew 7:13)