The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey




     During my teaching days I wrangled grades 6 through 12.  You would NOT believe how many warnings and scoldings I had to give the students—even those IN my classes—regarding profanity.  It was one thing to hear 16-and 17-year-olds cuss or swear in the hallways.  It was another thing entirely to hear profanity from the mouths of 12-year-olds--many of whom had just learned how to find their way to the cafeteria for lunch.  The depressing part of teacher enforcement was having to correct young ladies about the dangers of ‘cussing up a storm’ in front of young men and adults around them.

     Nowadays, even on social media, young women have given up class to be ‘like everyone else’ and sharpen their profane tirades in public—then wonder why they are NOT being sought out by young men as marriage material. As one preacher has noted: “We have a lot of young women—but few young ladies—being raised up these days.”  I would advise ANY young man to carefully study the family life of any young lady he may be interested in—especially what comes out of her mouth. 

     What Mama is NOW, the daughter WILL be in the future.

     But wait…there’s more!  It seems that young adults cannot complete a sentence without using profanity.  There is a severe outbreak of profanity in social media, in the movies, and on television.  Of course, for advertisers to be considered ‘hip’ these days and they spend a lot of time and money ‘trying’ to get as near to cuss words as possible to sell their wares to the public.  The more media a young mind consumes, the more the tongue will likely gravitate to profanity.

     What are some of the consequences of a consistent use of profanity in one’s daily speech?  Right off the bat, it points you out to having a definite lack of class.  Picture this: You go in for a job interview.  What do you think it says about you to a future employer if you drop a few ‘F Bombs’ during your interview?  Right.  They will show you the door and hire someone else.  It’s not about race—it’s about how well you represent your employer to the public.  Employers do NOT want to hire someone who will ‘damage their brand’.

     No matter how it ‘looks’ on the small or big screen to hear someone cuss someone out, in REAL life, such language is usually given the thumbs down.  It shows a weakness in character to constantly use profanity.  IF you are a Christian, there are some types of profanity that will hurt your walk with Jesus Christ and block His ability to bless you.  It takes a willingness to discipline your mouth.  Shelve the profanity my friend.  You will find your way brighter and lighter if you shove that dead weight over the side.

     Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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