Hardly a day goes by that we do not hear someone exclaim it. You hear it at work or school, at the bank or the supermarket, and sometimes even on the church parking lot. Television, no doubt, is the chief offender, with nearly every game show, soap opera, situation comedy, prime time drama, and movie using this phrase repeatedly.
It has become a faddish and clever saying. It is used to register alarm, surprise, delight, dismay, sarcasm, and almost every kind of response. Probably some cannot imagine why. Why does, or should, this phrase grate so upon the ears of Christian people’? Continue reading
(We wonder if most of the world does not believe cursing can be of benefit since so many use foul and vulgar language? Please read Kris Groda’s article carefully and prayerfully L.B.)
Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor, reported on April 20 that a new study revealed two things that cursing could do for folks: 1) lower levels of anxiety, and 2) an “artfully placed curse word” can promote bonding in the workplace. Are stress relief and camaraderie at work good enough reasons? No doubt some will feel justified in their actions now. Continue reading
It used to be that men would never “cuss” in front of a lady. But in today’s world, the girls can often “out-cuss” the boys! Actress Jane Fonda made national headlines recently when she used profanity on the “Today” show. When “Gone With The Wind” debuted in 1938, many theaters refused to show it because Rhett Butler used the “d-word” at the end of the movie. Such a thing was scandalous in those days. My, how times have changed! Today’s movies and television shows do not hesitate to use the most vulgar and profane language imaginable.
God, of course, never approved of such language. In Colossians 3:8, the apostle Paul wrote to Christians, “But now you must also put off all these: Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” That would certainly include profanity. Likewise, in Ephesians 5:4, Paul condemned “foolish talking.” The Greek text of the New Testament can literally be translated, “the speech of morons.” That’s just how God views profanity and cussing, as moronic behavior.
In Ephesians 4:20, we read, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Is that how your speech affects others or are you just polluting the air?
In an age of advanced technology, we crave speed and convenience. We have a generation of people who communicate a lot, and some of them almost entirely through cell phones, text messaging, and email. Because of all the text messaging, some even have painful thumbs! It is becoming a widespread medical problem. Could this lead to a lack of verbal communication? If we have shared all the news electronically, what do we have left to talk about? And are we developing a generation that talks incessantly on the phone to others, yet feel lonely and devalued? Continue reading
Some TV programs that are filled with sin are prefaced with these words: Warning: program contains adult language. Viewers discretion advised.” What are they really saying? What is adult language? In their thinking, it is all right for adults to hear and use all kinds of filthy language, but this warning is to protect the children until they are old enough to do the same! Continue reading