Do you think it would be wrong to "white-out" 3 cuss words in a Christian book? This book and a couple of others are by a popular Christian publishing company. The entire book has a great message. Why was the publisher able to give us 270 pages of words without cussing and felt the need to include those 3 words? (I am going to write to the publisher and ask them the same question.)
Reading the story, I am sure there are more cusses that could have been included but weren't. We have readers who will be very offended to see those words in print - - - so I want to hide them. Also, when we read offensive words, they stick in our mind and I would prefer not to see them, too.
We are often challenged about defining (redefining) the role of a church library ministry - are we to be a filter for the moral and biblical stance? Or, are we defenders of constitutional rights and precepts? Is our ambition to emulate the local community library offerings? Should our sole emphasis be on enhancing the discipleship goals of our congregation? I remind myself often about that passage in Philippians 4v8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (kjv)
If I am going to insist on purity in my library ministry, I must insist on purity in my own life. Now, I have a different challenge before me. (I love this forum and dialogue, very therapeutic. Can't wait to read more.)