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Don’t Be So Vague

Carly Simon released You’re So Vain in November 1972. One year earlier, Simon won a Grammy for New Artist of the Year. Vain refers to having an excessively high opinion of one’s abilities, appearance, or worth. At age 70, Simon recently wrote memoirs entitled Boys in the Trees. This addresses the inspiration behind You’re So Vain, a song about a self-obsessed lover, based upon a mixture of three of the men in her life at that time, including actor Warren Beatty. Unfortunately, in today’s age of Cancel Culture and Political Correctness, vain has been replaced by vague.

Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is, Ephesians 5:17.

When honest opinions are expressed or shared on social media, anyone who is offended by these comments often trigger a fire storm. Back in the early 1970’s, preachers nationwide responded to the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s with sermons filled with fire and brimstone. A half century later, individuals who left the church as teenagers are now part of the crowd condemning people of faith. If any Christian has the gall to state that marriage was designed as a lifelong commitment between a man or woman, a backlash will likely follow. Thus, many believers remain silent or keep their beliefs vague.

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit, Ephesians 5:18.

In the middle of the first century, the apostle Paul sends a warning to members of the Church at Ephesus. Vague is compared with foolish and thoughtless acts. Like the words of a former disciple of Jesus, Revelation 3:16, if you find yourself somewhere in between, God will eventually spit you out. One verse later, Paul provides advice for overcoming vagueness. As Christians start to pray for and pursue the Holy Spirit, vague comments will be replaced by a heart of conviction. Therefore, the next time you are afraid to voice what you believe, let the Holy Spirit rid your life of another vague answer.

by Jay Mankus


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