Cuss Words – Are We Throwing Our Intelligence Muscles Out The Window?
If a change in your beverage list or your vocabulary is how you view Christianity, then your view may be a bit limited. While each of those things are important, and certainly admirable, they are but some of the fruit of a life lived for well Christ and not the main concern.
That being said, cussing, curse words, unwholesome talk, coarse joking and swearing are detrimental to your daily Christian walk. I cannot think of one case in my life where another human being was encouraged when that type of language was utilized. Conversely, countless times in my life those types of words have been used in disparaging contexts.
I’d like to pose three reasons why we shouldn’t cuss, swear or curse. Use whatever word you would like for it. Perhaps one of these three will resonate with you and lead you to help someone else turn from that type of foul language.
One: Jerry Seinfeld is a comedian who is known to be “clean”. Side Note: “clean” is a relative term. While I have seen his use of cursing offstage, he has chosen, for the most part, to leave cursing out of his standup routine. When asked, he said it was because using foul language is a type of shortcut. Those kinds of words drum up a cheap imitation interest in a joke that can only be built in it’s true form by having a mastery of comedic language and timing. He said he would rather take the long road that fewer travel.
TWO: One of my dearest friends at church calls swearing a lack of use of your intelligence muscles. You evoke emotion without needing to think. In essence, you are being lazy. Most of us are smart enough to find other ways to communicate better points without the use of the common swear word.
THREE: God speaks about obscenity in Ephesians 5:4: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” Just before that verse, Paul welcomes his readers to “follow God’s example.” Can you imagine God needing to reach us using obscene language? That should tell us something.
For me, each of these reasons for discontinuing foul language have closed the deal. I would rather be in the business of taking the long, but quality route rather than taking the cheap shortcut any day. If God is against something, I don’t want to be for it.
I realize that ridding cussing and other forms of foul language is a process. To discontinue that language immediately would take God’s direct intervention. However, we can make strides to break down that bad habit, replacing it with wholesome talk and encouragement. If it were my own idea then I wouldn’t pose it. God truly wants to refine us in a fire. My only hope is that we will think high enough of one another to value and respect our fellow man.
Are there other reasons why you wouldn’t swear? I’m sure most of us have gone through a season with this. What defeated that season? This is an important topic and I would love to hear from you. Share and let’s see what we can accomplish.