Monday, 14 July 2008
by mr. oak
Wanted to followup on a post from before - I think Mr. Pine did a great job at talking about cursing by saying "It's not prohibitive. It's proactive. What it's saying is that you should be so busy blessing people with your words (and the Good News) that there's no room for the other stuff."
I can't agree with this more - but at the same time, I have no idea how to actually do this. Since college, I've been working at cleaning up my language mostly because I was really challenged by a few verses I've read in the Bible. But while I don't partake in the usual 4 letter bad words like the F-bomb, the S Word (otherwise known as swords for 1000), Golf, and other delightful expressions...but then there are the gray words where I'm not really all too sure...
Like darn, dang, crap, etc....I say these things without thinking and it has never crossed my mind that they were bad...until....
I once emcee'ed a Christian conference. There were about 1,200 people at this conference and one of the announcements I had to make was to advise everyone not to hang out in the hallways in their respective hotels. So I got up there and blurted "Please keep your noise levels down when you're outside of your hotel rooms - we don't want to piss off anyone while we're here!"
I heard some collective gasps. Since when was "piss off" a bad word?? But apparently it was, and I was rebuked by a staff member to be careful... but couldn't help but to feel like there was no way I could've known. Nevertheless, I learned from this and am wary of saying it (granted I just did - doh!)
I don't want this to be legalistic - and my basic metric is that it's up to me in the end. All things are permissible but not all things are beneficial. I try to never use such words towards people - I think that's the worst way to use them. On the other hand, I even hesitate to write things like "wtf" on my posts - moreover when I accidently bang my toe, I pause to think about what to say in exclamation (currently, it's burgerfrickle.....don't ask.)
How about you - if you watch your language, where do you draw your line?