3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV)
I started writing this blog and when I was nearly finished it I realized the error of my ways. When I read the bible I read certain things and jump up in excitement yelling to myself “I get that”. When I write these blogs I spend part of the day writing thinking to myself “Okay this one is good”. Sometimes it works that way sometimes not and once in a while things happen… like today. I thought I am going to stop here for now and do a few things around the house and then finish the blog and everything will be peachy-keen. As I was preparing dinner, which is going to the store and picking up some already cooked chicken both fried and roasted, I realized that there was another point of view to the blog. God must really be watching over me because how don’t know how I can think, listen to music, and drive and not be in an accident.
Disclaimer: I will not mention names of movies or channels here to protect the injurious and the not-so-innocent.
I was watching TV the other night on a popular channel, not a movie channel of any sorts, the kind that everyone has access too. I was watching a good movie when I realized an unusual amount of swearing. I distracted myself as I reflected in my youth that these words were not allowed on general TV channels of any sorts. I turned to other channels and glimpsed at other movies and observed the same thing. If I watch family TV shows the swearing hardly existed. Some other TV shows did have swearing in it but that was the nature of the show.
Swearing and profanity has really come about in the last 3 decades. Before that it was considered impolite and disrespectful to use profanity in public settings or to your parents. Unfortunately in the last 3 decades our society has deemed it acceptable to swear in the public environment and to our parents. I would cite Hollywood here but they would assert artistic endeavors and then I would say “you should lead with wisdom” and then there would be much cackling of hens as everybody’s feathers gets ruffled.
Swearing or the use of profanity is a choice. Some psychologists see the use of profanity as a component to behavior such as anger frustration and to elicit behavioral responses. Okay I get that. Still a choice though. Many Christians swear mainly because that is what they are accustomed to. Many Christians do not swear because they felt they had to change because God wanted them to and they are right. We are human made in the image of God but throughout our written history we make mistakes because we are not perfect. Adam was not perfect Eve was not perfect Solomon was not perfect there’s a lot of people that are not perfect me included. The only perfect person in all of our history is Christ Jesus.
Some of us Christians don’t swear it wasn’t easy but we finally got here. So some of us Christians are going to swear but we are getting better at not swearing it’s just going take a little time that’s all. Some of us Christians think other things in regards to swearing. Every Christian has an opinion about every aspect of the Christian journey but it only is understandable to those at the same points in their Christian walk. Others will have a difference of opinions but sooner or later will come to the same conclusive wisdom. Some think the use of euphemisms is just as bad as swearing and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Definition of euphemism: a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive.
Here are some examples according to some people not me.
Gosh – euphemism taking the Lord’s name in vain
Golly – euphemism taking the Lord’s name in vain
Gee – euphemism taking the Lord’s name in vain
Whiz – not a euphemism but great on crackers
dang – euphemism for damn
darn – euphemism for damn
heck – euphemism for hell
holy cow – probably a euphemism I just don’t know what for or something from the 1960’s Batman TV series.
holy mackerel – probably a euphemism I just don’t know what for or something from the 1960’s Batman TV series.
pow – probably a euphemism I just don’t know what for or something from the Batman TV series or the Hawaiian version of “Yes I am done”.
biff – probably a euphemism I just don’t know what for or something from the 1960’s Batman TV series
duck – probably a euphemism I just don’t know what for or something from the 1960’s Batman TV series…but it sounds like dinner to me
kapow – probably a euphemism I just don’t know what for or something from the 1960’s Batman TV series…or Chinese takeout
Okay enough of the 60’s Batman reference.
I apologize to the people of wisdom who claim euphemisms are just as bad as swearing. I beg for your forgiveness. Sometimes when I write the funny ha ha things come out and I just can’t help myself.
Let me conclude by saying that we as Christians should not swear. The bible tell us that we should walk with integrity and not speak foolishly. Insert biblical hyperlinks.
6 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 8 He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Proverbs 2:6-8 (NLT)
4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. Ephesians 5:4 (NLT)
The road of a Christian is not easy we must do many things not just for ourselves but for the brotherhood and all those around us. So let us lift each other up not only in our journey but those around us as well.
11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
Swearing or the use of profanity is a difficult habit to break and even though it is something we Christians should do we should take comfort in the task when it is done.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29-32 (NIV)
And remember to…
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22 (NKJV)
Oh look a lesson in forgiveness peachy-keen.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.24 My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 16: 23-24 NLT