I’ve seen this image pop up on my timeline (isn’t it weird that I can just say timeline and you know what I mean?) and I have a few thoughts.
- It is very cute and clever. Ladies, you deserve a Boaz. That is to say, you deserve a man that will respect and love you.
- I have to speak out against this idolatry of relationship and marriage. Why are you in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married? Unless it is something you and your partner believe God is calling you to, you shouldn’t be glorifying it. The same goes for men.
- It legitimizes, in jest, the use of profane language within a Christian setting.
The dude is saying “ass” and Christian girls all over facebook are raving at the cleverness. What’s the significant difference between the image above and:
To all the girls who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: “Ruth waited patiently for her mate Boaz.” While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don’t settle for any of his relatives: Brokeass, Po’ass [Poor Ass], Lyingass, Cheatingass, Dumbass [Wow… that’s low], Drunkass, Cheapass, Lockedupass, Goodfornothingass, Lazyass, and especially his third cousin Beatingyo’ass. Wait on your Boaz and make sure he respects Your Ass.
Perhaps my conservative friends will respond that this slide is improper and the speaker (assuming the man in the image is the speaker and perhaps pastor) should not have utilized such creative rhetoric, that this proves to be a silent stumbling block for weak believers. I, however, hesitantly applaud this for much of the same reason.
I think he properly utilizes the word “ass”. If he is trying to portray all those types of men as asses (i.e. persons of low standard or quality in regard to being Ruth’s mate), then he is doing a proper job. Whether I would call someone an ass to their person in their face, I don’t know I would do nor approve of… Lastly, his use of “Yoaz” is to be understood as “respecting a girl’s ass”. Colloquially, this is justified with the understanding that speaking of a one’s ass is meant to speak of one’s self. However, the association of girl and ass is highly charged and grounds for sexual moral discussion. I would label that use of “ass” as questionably improper.
The depth of thought and attitude I take toward profane language is intensely calculated, and the rare times I decide to use a profanity are with great reserve. I do not expect the Christian body to be like me, but it is my dream that they would.