?My mam wouldn?t stand for that.?
?My mam wouldn?t stand for that.? The comment by a student at a Midlands
university in an opinion poll carried out about swearing on television. It
reflects a time when the acceptability of language and behaviour was
frequently determined by the Mother. Has that day passed. .
When I was teaching RE we had a topic about what influences our behaviour. A
homework was set in which the children were asked to write about a person
they admired most and why. Anticipating the responses to be predominantly
about the latest pop star or footballer I was astonished to find just how
many children wrote about their mothers. It was so reassuring and
unexpected. The power and influence of Mothers is still there, happily, but
we know that the norms of acceptable behaviour are under threat in our day
by television, film and internet. The ?F? word is common in youngsters
speech and one cannot blame them, for they hear it so often ?on the box.? We
are warned on TV that some programmes include strong language. Surely
?strong? is a positive word, and shouldn?t they actually be warning us that
the programme contains foul language or bad language or perhaps even
?language your mam wouldn?t stand for.?
It is a pity that St Paul doesn?t have greater influence on the morals of
our times too. He wrote in Philippians:
?Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have
learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice.
And the God of peace will be with you.?
And that is something your mam might agree with too.
-Churches Together in Torpoint and District AGM will be held in Cornerstone
Church on Thursday 8th July at 7.30.
-Cornerstone will be welcoming Alison Richardson, their new minister in
September. The welcome service will take place on Monday 6th September
-The process of appointing a new priest to the Torpoint Cluster of Churches
still continues on its methodical way.