Wednesday, 09 March 2011
I really can’t believe the amount of profanity people use today, especially among teenagers. For some strange reason being able to “tell someone off” or using profanity in almost every single sentence has become a “cool” and common thing to do. It’s used so much people have simply become desensitized to the words and even use it without thinking. In some cases, some people I know can’t string a single sentence together without one swear word. In others, I’ve even heard people consciously using the words in a statement, trying to make themselves look “cooler” or otherwise more attractive. I for one am not impressed. The more profanity a person uses, the less attractive they appear to me – and I’m not the only one with this viewpoint.
I strongly encourage everyone to assess their language. Is it God-honoring? Is it uplifting and meant to build people up instead of tearing them down? If not, why not look to the Word and begin building a vocabulary that pleases the Lord? Believe me, a person who does not engage in profanity, or engages in it minimally, catches the attention of people. This is especially true in competitions and athletics. If you listen, many guys swear a lot when something goes wrong in a game. It’s almost customary to cuss when something bad occurs. But people notice if you refrain from abusive language and instead encourage other members of your team.
As Christians, we are called to be ministers of the Gospel. But if we walk, talk, and act like the world, the world will not listen. Therefore it is imperative that we clean up our tongues and start speaking as Children of God. Profanity is a big issue, and pretty hard to overcome. But one thing that has been helpful for me is to speak words of encouragement. If I can’t say something nice, then I won’t speak. The more profanity you use during an argument, the more negative the conversation will get. It’s better to be quiet and leave things alone, or better yet address the situation without the use of abusive language. It’s hard but we can do it. One positive word at a time, we can make a difference in this profanity-saturated culture.
Do you, as a Christian, use profanity? Do you think it honors God? Are there situations where profanity is okay? How do you think the unchurched view Christians when they hear us cursing?