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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 15:03:29 -0500
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

Today's prayer: Afraid to die


Just Shut Up
by Jim McDoniel

When I was young, my mother objected strongly to
my sister or me telling the other to "Shut Up."
Those words said in assertive fashion were simply
not to be in our vocabularies.

Later in life, I heard that teachers were
encouraged not to tell an unruly class to "Shut up
and sit down." However, just maybe, under the
right circumstances, the words could be used. What
do you think about them?

On his television show, Dr. Phil McGraw was
speaking to a mother and her sister who yelled
constantly at one another and at a son and nephew.
He told the mother, "You need to shut up!" His
audience applauded.

ESPN radio has the weekly "Just Shut Up Award." I
never participate in the voting to determine who
gets the award, but I rather enjoy hearing that
the listening audience would like to tell some
sports person who has complained too much to "Just
Shut Up."

I trust that civilized people are concerned about
making sure their choice of words is appropriate
for all to hear. Still, I remember the admonition
of Paul regarding how much we speak. His words,
chosen by the Holy Spirit, are certainly

He writes, "And that ye study to be quiet, and to
do your own business, and to work with your own
hands, as we commanded you" (1 Thessalonians 4:11,

Again in 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12, "For we hear
that there are some which walk among you
disorderly, working not at all, but are
busybodies. Now them that are such we command and
exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with
quietness they work, and eat their own bread."

Surely, these are enough words for today. After
all, I would not want to earn someone’s "Please
Shut Up Award."

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