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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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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