Nadsat: Language Of Violence

by Sep 9, 2021Devotional2 comments

Proverbs 4:16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.

      In 1971 when I was eighteen years old, the ultra crime movie for its day, Clockwork Orange, hit the movie theatres. The publicity promoting the film inferred that the ‘Ultraviolence’ ideology expressed in the film may become a reality in our future. The idea that gangs or mobs of sociopaths going out on a Saturday night just to beat up the homeless, rape the helpless, and torture the mentally ill while communicating in a language of violence, or Nadsat as it was called, was to my friends and I, definitely a work of fiction. We had never thought that this scenario could become a reality in our lifetime. 
      Well, we were totally wrong. Nadsat is becoming the language of so many angry people these days. A coded lingo of violent expression punctuated with actions of cruelty upon ordinary citizens is now a reality. Matt. 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. It is no longer unusual to come across an obnoxious bully picking on and screaming at a nurse, waitress, store clerk, or stewardess who has simply shown up for work, but now, having to physically defend themselves against the viciousness of these ignorant blackguards.
      This loud tumultuous castigating against people should not be the expression of anyone in the church. However, Nadsat or violent language is slipping into some Christian’s vocabulary and attitudes. If this is becoming the way of the church, then what relevance is the church if we are no different than any street gang? The word of the Lord instructs us to have grace in our language towards all people, and not words of toxicity that blow people over. Col. 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person. The word says, let our speech always be gracious. Is cursing at our nurses and service workers gracious? Is shoving a store clerk to the floor and belittling them God-inspired? Is this how God treats us?
      There is a vacuum of righteous leadership in the world. Because of this vacuum, the fears within the people of the world are culminating into a global vicious language of darkness that is collectively growing in the hearts of man. As this darkness takes root on a world scale, it is manifested through these evil expressions of hate. The caustic eruptions toward vulnerable employees and the man on the street are the fruit of fear and perceived helplessness so many disenfranchised people are living with. Therefore, ignorance moves these souls to express anger at everything and everyone. Proverbs 4:16 For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. The hopelessness they are living in is palpable and raw in their hearts and they do not know how to react. So, acting out of a child’s tantrum, they lash out.
      As Christians, what are we becoming if our first reaction is to express angry hate? This Hatred-Virus that is spreading within mankind is more dangerous than any disease. The language of violence toward any form of authority seems to come so easily out of the mouths of those who were once in control of their emotions. What infectious virus has entered the hearts of once reasonable people who professed to be Christians? 2Tim. 3:5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
      Supporting the idea of harming and belittling people is not what God called us to do. Our Lord has asked us to be His hand extended that would reach out and bring peace to those who are anguishing in their souls. We are to comfort the nurse who has been cursed at for simply going to work to take care of the sick. We are to help the store clerk off the floor who was knocked down for doing what his manager asked him to do. We who are in Christ have the message of peace and love the world is so desperate to hear. Mark 16:15 Then he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 
      The Gospel is the good news and not a violent language of hate. The word of the Lord sets us free from bondage. God’s word does not let us participate in the rhetoric of simpletons who are agitating the crowds to vocalize their pustulant edicts of nonsense. There is nothing wrong with participating in peaceful protests to point out unrighteousness and harmful laws that truly hurt a society. However, let us do it with the scriptural basis that gives us the honest conviction of heart to be out there. While marching and speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves, let us speak with God’s language of grace which is salted with His love. 
      Before you lash out in the language of Nadsat remember that God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus. The punishment that so many people feel someone else deserves was placed upon Jesus so that we would have eternal life and peace. May God’s face shine on you and give you the desires of your heart according to His will. Love you much.
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  1. God’s language of Grace. Amen! This is what we need to hear, Norm. Everyone, from head to toes.

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