But it's really about parenting in a non-King James English world and the quandary Christian parents find themselves in.
My kids are memorizing Exodus 20 in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. It's a long story why they're doing it in the KJV, but that's not the point of this.
Leatha was going through it with the kids when I heard from the kitchen, "You shall not covet your neighbor's...ass." It's a natural reflex to laugh when you hear that from your 7 year old child. But I quickly got my composure and decided to interrupt the verse with a conversation about this vocabulary word "ass."
"What's an ass?" I asked.
"I don't know." Cameron said.
"It's a donkey, but in our day, it... [cut off by Leatha]"
"It's a donkey" Leatha interjected.
I pressed the issue because our homeschool kids need to know what they might be missing on the playground.
"It's a word that's inappropriate for kids," I said. "It's a mean word to call somebody."
Cameron jumped in, "Yeah, it would be bad to call someone a donkey because donkeys are kind of stupid."
Leatha clarified that it's also an inappropriate word for adults, too.
Well, I wouldn't say it that strongly.
If there's one word I would take off the Christian contraband list, this would be the one. It's such a handy and versatile word. (I've already written briefly on this topic- click here)
We should never do something stupid, and yet we all do. What's wrong with referring to yourself as a stupid donkey every once in awhile? Sometimes other people are stupid donkeys, too.
You tend to see a lot of them in traffic.