Friday, May 17, 2013

Gosh Darn It, #%@&!!!

I just read about a study on profanity and found out that Maryland ranks 2nd in the nation in cursing, behind only Ohio.  Personally, I don't like cursing, and I have never cursed on purpose in my life, believe it or not.  My parents never cursed around us kids as we were growing up, and most of the adults we were around didn't, either, and in the days before cable TV and VCRs, there really wasn't anywhere else where you might hear curse words.  So, as I grew up, I just didn't pick it up, though many of my friends did.

I don't have a problem with cursing, necessarily, and am actually around it quite a bit in my daily office setting.  There are a few colleagues who seem to recognize that I do not curse, and they purposely keep it clean around me.  Most, if not all, of my colleagues and employees know that I'm a Christ-Follower (which I guess means to them that I don't like profanity), and respect my preference not to curse.  But there are others, even some who know me well, who can make a sailor blush and really could care less what I think.  And I have never even discussed it with anyone at work (or anywhere else, actually, except with my daughter), so their actions really have to do with their perception of me, which I find interesting.

I don't think cursing is a big deal, if used in moderation and at suitable times or situations, but certainly not around children of any age.  My daughter has heard pretty much all of the "standard" curse words, and understands that she should never say them, and always points out situations when she hears them.  She is mature enough to handle seeing some (not all!) PG-13 movies, which seem to always contain some profanity.

What does the Bible say about cursing? There are a few verses, and two in particular, that I think are relevant:

  • James 3:10 - "From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.  My Brothers, these things ought not to be so." (ESV)
  • Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." (ESV)
I do not believe Christ ever cursed.  I believe he heard profanity fairly often, and he didn't judge others for doing so, but I also think that he probably didn't care for it.  That's enough for me to not use it.

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