Talk About Expensive Gas!

Recently I pulled up to a gas pump in Nashville prepared to pay almost $4.00 per gallon. As I got out of the car I was bombarded with very loud music coming from the car on the opposite side of the pump. (All the other pumps were occupied.)

As I put the nozzle into my car I began to be conscious of the words that were loudly pounding my brain. I heard the n-word, the f-word and many other obscenities. For some reason, I don’t enjoy having my mind filled with filth, so I tried to stop up my ears. (Have you ever tried to do that pumping gas?) Since one hand was required for the gas pump, this was the best I could do: I had one finger in one ear and I pressed my other ear into my shoulder. (I’m sure I looked like a contortionist.) However, in spite of my effort, vulgarities continued to barge into my brain.

So I looked around the pump to see what was going. A 30-something year-old woman was pumping gas into the vulgarity spewing car. Both front windows were rolled down and no one was in the vehicle.

I said: “Your car is really putting out some bad stuff.” See looked like she didn’t get what I was talking about. (Maybe she couldn’t hear me.)

So I said, a little louder: “I just heard the f-word and the n-word! Would you like it if someone said those words to you?”

She said: “My brother made that CD.”

“Well it is saying awful things,” I replied as I pulled my head back around to my side of the pump.

As I continued to pump the nasty music continued. I could literally feel evil and negativity jumping on me. Since I couldn’t block out the profanities by stopping my ears, I began to say the word, Jesus, over and over and louder and louder, attempting to get some relief from the spiritual pollution coming my way.

I had to put up a mental and spiritual fight for the next 10 minutes trying to drive the demonic words and attitude out of my mind. Now that was a high price for a tank of gas!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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7 Responses to Talk About Expensive Gas!

  1. Lucas says:

    Funny thing, these United States of America that we call home allows us the freedom of speech and to express ourselves as we see fit, within reason of the law (this situation clearly does not violate any). You have no right to regulate on this woman for her listening to music that she enjoys. I personally would not want to hear the word Jesus used over and over and over. I would find that highly offensive. However, if I was pumping gas next to you and heard you saying that…I would think, hmmm…that is his business and I would not comment on your use of such a word. Just my thoughts and shame on for allowing such propaganda to be published under a headline ‘Talk about expensive gas’. More like ‘Religion’ would be more appropriate.

  2. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks for the comment, Jake. I am glad you believe in the right to “to express ourselves as we see fit,” but why would you “shame” for exercising their freedom of speech by linking to my blog? Your comment seems inconsistent.

  3. Jake says:

    Allow me to clarify. That was not for linking to the blog, but rather for the title they used to get me there. ‘Talk about expensive gas’ is not the right headline to use. I would suggest posting under Opinion or Columnists vs. On Tennessee. Perhaps utilizing a different headline that is not misleading would have been better.

    If read, my intent was to stress on publishing under headlines (that seem to not make sense).

    … to be published under a headline ‘Talk about expensive gas’. More like ‘Religion’ would be more appropriate.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thanks for the clarification. Let me clarify: I gave this post the title “Talk About Expensive Gas” because that gas cost me a lot more than almost $4.00 per gallon. It loudly, forcibly, and consistently injected immature language into my mind and caused me a mental and spiritual battle to get those words out of my brain.

      I don’t see how you consider my post to be about religion, just because I repeated the name of Jesus.

      That would be like putting a article that repeats the f-word under “sex;” or an article that repeates the word meaning feces under “bathroom habits” or “sanitation.”

  4. Jake says:

    I see your point about costing more than $4 gallon if you factor in your claim about emotional distress (by the way, most stations are posting $3.69 or less). It is hard to really put a price on that. I would have rethought the title before posting. You consistently mention spiritual and Jesus in the same post. One could only derive religion. Utilizing the f-word in music doesn’t imply sex. I still think that the post should have a different title and be posted under opinion. As it is your opinion on the situation. If a layman read this under ‘On Nashville’ it might portray this city in an unfavorable (or favorable depending on viewpoints) under where it is posted (out of your control).

    • Steve Simms says:

      I’ve enjoyed the interaction, Jake. Yes, where my blog is posted is out of my control. The last time I checked on, “On Nashville” links to numerous blogs and they are arranged by category. My blog (last time I checked) is listed under “Faith and Values.”

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