Be warned- the video above re-plays Tiger Woods unleashing his fury over his golf game with abusive, offensive language.
I’m not interested in getting into the whole sordid Tiger Woods’ womanizing issue- I am, however, ready to start challenging the whole phenomena of using the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, as some kind of throw-away profanity. It doesn’t really matter what the religious make-up of the blasphemer is, but it seems to me that when a Buddhist like Tiger Woods decides it is fair-game to throw out the use of Jesus’ name in a derogatory way on National TV- well this should be a teachable moment.
Before Larry David chose to attack Jesus Christ in his infamous “Piss on Christ” episode, I used to watch his show- I like his off-beat humor, but I had to draw the line finally for my own conscience sake. What always bothered me was how many Jewish comedians on his show seemed to use “Jesus Christ” as a running casual swear word. I started wondering if there was some historical connection inside the Jewish community where the name of Jesus is commonly used as a derogatory reference point. I know that it is extremely common in Hollywood films where there is a lot of Jewish and fall-away Catholic participation. Does anyone know more about the roots of how Jesus’ name in particular has become a cross-religious blasphemous name?
I think it is important to push back on this front- certainly it is harder to go after those who use G-D—, since everyone can sort of claim God as their own. But Jesus Christ is to Christians someone utterly unique to say the least. If we embrace segments of our society who take offense to various words, and declare these words off-limits in polite society- lest you find yourself facing a media storm and possible loss of livelihood without sufficient apology and proof of new found sensitivity- then why not add the name of “Jesus Christ” to the list of forbidden culturally insensitive terms when used as a swear word- particularly among non-Christians?
Let me just add this one last bit- I’m not so much concerned with my own need to be kept unoffended- I don’t want to come across as thin-skinned. I am concerned with how people get jaded and young people fall more easily into bad habits like swearing, and the people who abuse the name of Jesus are themselves perhaps most at risk. They may not know what they are doing, but that is our job as Christian disciples to try to get the Truth out in circulation- especially among the tax collectors and prostitutes of our times. If we act like the name of Jesus Christ is fair game for public abuse, rather than the name that should cause every knee to bend- then we must share in the shame of the rest of society.