(Warning: This post contains implied language that will be offensive to the reader. No, my site has not been hijacked, it is used with a purpose to make a point. It is also not done lightly or without consideration. Please take the time to read this article to the end, your soul might just depend on it.)
G____ Almighty! I am not a f______ animal. So stop with this s____. J____! This d_______ lie is not going to go unanswered, that’s for g________ sure. What the h___ are people thinking?
If you feel that you need to wash your ears out after reading what you just “heard,” I am thankful. Such is the harsh, vulgar, and coarse nature of the language constantly being used around us. It is language with which the world sees no problem, and unfortunately it is language that some members of the church have no qualms with emulating.
But before someone gets their dander up at the audacity of making such a “judgmental” statement about members of the church, consider the following: Paul argued to the Colossians that our speech should be, “Always with grace, seasoned with salt” (Col. 4:6). The word translated “grace” comes from the Greek word charis which means “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness; good will, loving-kindness, favor” (Thayer). Additionally, the phrase “seasoned with salt” is from a Greek idiom that means “to use good sense,” or in our terminology – to be used appropriately. Our speech is to be kind, that which brings joy and which is used appropriately with good sense. Does anything in the usage of the words and phrases in the prior paragraph fit that description?
Nevertheless, many Christians insist on using the same coarse language as those out in the world. If you do not believe me, consider the next paragraph:
Gosh Almighty! I am not a fricking animal. So stop with this crap. Jeez! This dang lie is not going to go unanswered, that’s for dadgum sure. What the heck are people thinking?
Sound any better? Not really, and there is a reason for that. The words that were just used in the previous paragraph mean the exact same thing as the words used in the first one. They are euphemisms – different words with the same meaning that are generally considered to be “easier on the ears.” However, it is time that Christians stop lying to themselves and others with their language. On the whole, people know what it is that they are saying (and if they don’t, they should not be saying it anyway). A cursory glance at the dictionary would show anyone that the euphemisms used mean the exact same thing as the vulgarities they replace. Therefore, there is no distinguishable difference between the two phrases. The greatest difference is the gasp of shock I would have heard from most people upon reading the first paragraph, and the utter detachment with which many of those same people will use the words in the second. Friends, we need to stop pretending we do not know that what we are saying is wrong. If we have any form of a pure conscience it is self-evident.
When Peter was present at the Lord’s trials and was confronted with the accusation of being one of the Lord’s disciples, his final means of evasion was, “Then began he to curse and to swear” (Mat. 26:74). Peter knew that nothing would disassociate him faster from Jesus than to use language that no follower of Jesus would use. There was a standard that Jesus expected of his disciples that is explained in Matthew 5:34-37; there Jesus concludes with the statement: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil” (ESV). Jesus states that the inclusion of curses and swearing into our language holds nothing good, nor does it come from godliness. Can either of the above phrases be considered spoken with kindness, good-will, or charm? Can either of them be considered use of good sense and appropriate? Then why do we use them and pretend there is no problem?
It is recognized that the tongue is one of the most difficult and troublesome parts of the body (Jam. 3). Nevertheless, we must keep it under control. Often times we feel the need to make a statement associated with everything that happens in life: good, bad, or otherwise; we need to learn that, on many of those occasions, the best answer is silence and biting our tongues.
I am not an animal (I have a conscience with which to control myself). So stop with this insanity (Proclaiming there is nothing wrong with vile, coarse language). This lie is not going to go unanswered, that’s for sure (We will all give an account for what we have done in our bodies – 2 Cor. 5:10). What are people thinking?