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?