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Christians and CursingPosted by Samurai (Samara Paine) on October 11, 2013 at 10:30

Let me ask you a question.

Is swearing wrong?

“Of course!” You might say.

Is slang wrong?

“Sometimes…”

So, what’s the difference?

“It’s not as bad as saying the actual word!”

Or is it?

     I don’t know about you, but the older I become the more urge I get to use dirty language. Honestly, I’ve never actually sworn, but I find myself letting out a ‘heck’ every once in a while, or ‘dang’, or sometimes even ‘Oh my God’. When I was younger, those words would have been horrible in my opinion! But as I get older, I start hearing worse and worse language all the time, and so it gets harder and harder to abstain from it. Can you relate?

     As teenage Christians, I think it’s really important to keep a pure tongue, especially when everyone else isn’t. When everybody around you is swearing or using the Lord’s name in vain, don’t you think that it would be the perfect time to refrain from using those words, to shine for Jesus? But if we blend in, how are we going to be a light for the Lord?

     Many people, including Christians, often use euphemisms instead of swear words. But a euphemism is a fancy name for a “less offensive” synonym of a swear word- ex. ticked instead of pissed. So why do we, as Christians, often think that euphemisms are okay to use, when they mean the exact same thing?

     Ephesians 5:4 says, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” This verse doesn’t say let there be some foolish talk and crude joking… it says let there be none.

     For instance, did you know that saying ‘dang’ or ‘darn’ is the same thing as saying ‘Go to Hell’? We need to understand what these euphemisms actually mean and stop using them, because “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15:11). It’s slowly defiling us. It’s destroying, polluting, and shaming us. Do we really want to keep trashing the temple of the Holy Spirit?

     Also, have you ever really considered how much you dishonor God’s name? It really starts to add up, doesn’t it? So much, in fact, that you probably don’t realize how often you’re saying it and how bad it really is! Saying things like ‘Oh my Gosh’, ‘Oh my Goodness’, and ‘Oh my Word’ instead of using ‘Oh my God’ is still very disrespectful towards Him. I, myself, have struggled deeply in this area.

     Many of you are probably very familiar with the following verse, but have we actually taken it into consideration? Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” This means we are held guilty every time we used words that dishonor God, just as we are guilty if we steal, think lowly of someone, and disobey our parents.

     Colossians 3:8 commands us to not use obscene or dirty language when we are angry. Instead, we should ask God to help us be wise about the situation and to help us control our tongues and tempers.

    One more verse I’d like to share with you is John 8:31-32. It says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

     Again, I really think that we as Christians need to take this into consideration. How will the people around us know that we stand for Jesus if we are using abusive and insulting words that everyone else uses? We have to let the light of Jesus shine through us, to avoid conforming to the darkness. Let’s start a revolution. Are you with me?

   

Deanna Burmatoff & Samara Paine

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Quality insight from our students Sam and Deanna as they share one aspect of digital citizenship on the ning!

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