For my birthday, a friend bought me a ticket to a WWE Smackdown taping in Biloxi, MS.
Due to a series of unfortunate events, he had to give up his ticket, and after asking others, I ended up getting my dad to take the extra ticket.
But you also (probably) know that I haven’t watched wrestling for awhile. Although I was unfamiliar with a few of the new characters, this actually aided in my enjoyment of the show. It was like I got to see the very thing I’ve enjoyed since childhood with a fresh, clean slate.
It was that feeling that The Script mentions, that “feeling that we’re meeting for the first time.”
So, dad and I went and had a great time! It was a good show, from top to bottom.
Good stories, steady paced action, and a lively crowd.
All in all, it was a great time…
…except for this one incident that is a picture of so many in our culture today.
I call it “a lifestyle of vomit.”
This lady behind us was screaming and shouting at the wrestlers. A typical wrasslin’ heckler.
At one point, a security guard from the floor came up to our section and immediately said to her, “Ma’am, I need your sign.”. He took it, folded it in half, and went back to the main floor.
Not a big deal, right?
Not until a security lady and then head of security walked up and asked her what was on the sign. The woman’s reply was that it was some sort of racial slur.
The rest of the conversation went like this:
Security: “You have small children. Did you think that was a good idea (writing the sign)?”
Lady: “My kids can’t read yet. They’re too young.”
Security: “It doesn’t matter. Everyone else can. That was a bad decision.”
Lady: “This whole show is bad! It’s filth!”
You’re probably thinking what I thought,
1) If the show is filthy, then why bring your kids?
2) If you now see the show as filthy, then why stay?
Easy answer: a lifestyle of vomit.
The writer of Proverbs penned,
Like a dog that returns to his vomit
is a fool who repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11
The Hebrew word for “vomit” is “qe,” and it’s used only once in the entire Old Testament (maybe its lack of frequency is telling of how that lifestyle looks). It means pretty much what you think it means, “what came up from the stomach.”
The Apostle Peter added a context centuries later, writing,
What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:22
Someone who knows the right way of living and then turns back to a bad lifestyle is like a dog who returns to it’s vomit. I once saw a dog vomit, walk off, return, and then, well, you know what happened next.
That woman should have known how to parent. At the very least, she should have known how to be a human.
But maybe not. Maybe that’s just a picture of our culture.
Maybe it’s just a picture of a lifestyle of vomit.