Pajama Pages gets results (Part III)

After I pointed earlier this week out how rotten his language is, Perry Noble appears to be trying to pull up his socks. My evidence? His Twitter feed:

Holy crap…I’m in “the zone” this morning…thank you Jesus for this gift!!! WOW!

Now it’s not just crap, it’s Holy crap.

The epithet is in good company. Holy God. Holy Spirit. Holy Bible, Holy crap, etc.

Actually, I jest. If you think you can put those two terms together, what does it say about your understanding of holiness? What is your understanding of sin?

Perhaps Perry’s special dictionary says something different, but holiness is all about setting something apart as hallowed and sacred to God. Crap is set apart, but for exactly the opposite reason. Try contrasting these two verses:

Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)

Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement. For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you. (Deut 22:24)

The holiness of God is not a joke, neither is the indecency of sin.

Talking of both at the same time is actually quite revealing, according to James.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. …

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?

Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. (James 3:1, 10-12)

Noble uses Holy Crap as the opening to a prayer. How exactly is that supposed to work?