Cotton, police, dogs, plastic bags, a large book, a wallet, CD’s, microphones, grass, cheese, a piano, and codfish.
What do all these items have in common with one another?
So on to the real post!
If I was given a chance to meet President Bush and his cabinet, I would be absolutely thrilled! I would prepare by getting some really nice clothes, doing my hair, brushing my teeth (twice), and just simply cleaning up.
Even if I didn’t agree with the President, I would show him honor and respect. And the last thing I would think of doing is cussing in his presence.
But we still have Christians who believe that profanity is a normal part of our language, and those of us who say it’s wrong are legalists.
Take for example my comments on a Christian site that promotes the use of profanity:
“Could you refrain from cussing? I mean, you want to be a good example, but foul language won’t get anywhere. Just a word from a fellow Christian…God Bless…you’re on the right track with Harry Potter. As a teen myself, I’ve been researching and studying this, and I think you’re pretty much right.”
The blogger’s response was “Are you a legalist?”
My response to that:
“Don’t worry, no legalist. Shoot…I think a better way to state it is: “When I hear someone cuss, I don’t think that person’s being like Christ.”
But hey, you’re right. I’m not one to cast the first stone. I just wanted to mention that I don’t believe it’s right to do that.
My comment wasn’t one supposed to be “You’re not a Christian because you cuss!!!” or anything like that. I’m not one to do something like that.
I don’t believe that God wants Christians to blatantly promote profanity. And that’s not my opinion. It’s God’s Word.
This bloggers views are:
With hundreds and thousands of commands in the Bible, people are still “all over” her “***” for something that she claims isn’t even commanded in the Bible.
My first point would be to refute her view that the Bible, when talking about edyfying others and the importance of the tongue, only refers to content and not to particular words.
Does it need to list the words not to say? Our words make up our message.
But she says that I’m adding to the Bible’s message and that I have a “****” of a lot of nerve to say something like that.
Let’s look at Colossians 3:5-10:
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
Verse 8 in the Amplified version is very interesting:
“But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips!”
And also in the Message:
“But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.”
We are not to hold on to our earthly nature. We are to be people of clean lips. We are not to be hardened by this world.
But listen to what this blogger’s daughter does when she hears foul language:
“My daughter doesn’t blush or gasp when daddy says “Isaac’s kickin’ your ***.” (And why was this word delted out in this blogger’s Homeschoolblogger site and not the main site that is run by them?)
She claims that some words found in the Bible (that are profane now) are not Holy, so why can’t we use them?
Because their purpose is NOT to express disgust. That’s not their meaning. Using a word to express anger or disgust is the definition of profanity.
Profanity is not our everyday language. You fool yourself to think that. This article puts it well:
“In a world that has devised perverse usages of language to communicate sinful anger I think the Christian should avoid it. Further, as commonplace cussing is in today’s uneducated and lazy society the Christian should do his best to “rise above” and not “conform to.”
Take, for example, my story of meeting the President. I would not swear in his presence. Yet many people do it before One who is much more important than our President.
What will you say before God?
I sure hope it’s not profanity.
In an article on this blogger’s site, they posted an interesting article by Christianity Today Here’s a short excerpt:
“Jesus did not demand that those he talked with clean up their act before they approached him. He loved them, listened to them, and went to work on the heart, knowing that was more important than starting in on the surface details.”
Number one–I don’t demand that someone can’t cuss before becoming a Christian.
Number two–Jesus went to work on the heart, knowing that what’s in the heart flows from the mouth.
When the Bible is talking about profanity, is it only talking about God and Jesus being used incorrectly?
But the argument goes on for profanity: The culture does it–it’s in the movies–since when did God say I can’t say ****?
The blogger keeps using verses against “unwholesome talk” and saying that they are about our “message.” Our message being “what is helpful to the edification of others.” She says that what’s vile to one person isn’t vile to another one. It’s just “colorful.”
“Blankety-blankety, blankety-blank” is not our every day language! That’s something we don’t do in Church! Why should we do it elsewhere?
Not cussing is showing common decency.
As to the verse the blogger mentions, it’s not talking about our message. It’s talking about our “talk.” That would be our speech. Speech is made up of words.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Profanity is used when we’re mad, angry, or…uh…mad.
Colossions 4:6 says:
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Not “colorful,” but “seasoned with salt.”
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?”
1. Peter 3:10-13
Where are the verses that tell us profanity is perfectly fine (other than instances where a word is used in it’s original meaning)?
The blogger’s response is:
Sorry, but I think I’m going to laugh at you because this whole **** thing is ridiculous.
Why? Because you want to hold on?
Profanity is wrong. It’s up to you to listen to the Lord. It’s not me. I’m not being a “legalist.” You can call me that all you want. You could cuss me out, but I will go by these verses. By God’s Word.
(Please no profanity in the comments. It will be deleted anyway and I don’t have time to waste when letting them through.)
Though I haven’t read this other article in full, I believe it to be a good bit of information that is worth reading.