Speak ‘in good taste’
John Grisham, author of blockbuster books that become blockbuster movies, has been called ‘a straight arrow making his way along a very crooked path’. His novels often depict sleazy lawyers, corrupt politicians, and trigger-happy police – the underbelly of a world of wealth and respectability. His heroes, on the other hand, are generally the innocent or children, such as the eleven-year-old boy in The Client. Grisham said he would rather be a nice guy than resort to filling his books with sex and gore. He refuses to write anything that would offend or embarrass either his mother or his children. Contrary to what many in the publishing world might have predicted, his approach has paid off. The Firm now has over twenty million copies in print. So far, the oldest fan to write to him is ninety-six years old, the youngest ten years old. Most of his readers commend him for leaving out graphic violence, obscenities, and profanities. The Bible says, ‘Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.’ Note the words ‘seasoned with salt’, or in good taste. Jesus said: ‘Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things…every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned’ (Matthew 12:34-37 NKJV). So, speak ‘in good taste’.