(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.
A “curse word” is defined by dictionary.com as 1) a profane or obscene word, especially as used in anger or for emphasis, and 2) any term conceived of as offensive. Although words that would have been classified as “bad” words are now not considered bad by a number of folk, this would seem to indicate a cultural acceptance of things once considered sinful or inappropriate.
Profanity, which is swearing, cursing, foul speech, and cussing, is speech that shows disrespect, a desecration or debasement of someone or something, or the expression of intense emotions.
The world has been using foul language for a long time! No doubt, media has contributed to the naturalization of this practice in our country. “The Big Trail” (1930) and “Gone with the Wind” (1939) were two of the first films to use swear words. Movies have come a long way since then.
In Alice Parks’ October 17, 2011 Time Magazine online article, “Children Who Hear Swear Words on TV Are More Aggressive,” Parks references a study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University:
Using statistical models, the researchers calculated that exposure to profanity had about the same relationship to aggressive behavior as exposure to violence on TV or in video games. In addition, they found that the more children were exposed to profanity, the more likely they were to use swear words themselves, and those who used profanity were more likely to become aggressive toward others.
Despite current cultural arguments regarding unacceptable speech, the Bible does give us some guidelines.
- ● Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
- ● Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech be always with grace seasoned with salt….”
- ● Matthew 12:37: “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
A good rule to live by–if you would not say it in front of Jesus, why say it in front of anyone?
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