Have you noticed how often profanity is creeping into our speech these days?
We hear it across many TV shows today, even in G-rated daytime family programming. Cussing is becoming acceptable. No one riles against it. Network and cable executives don’t censor it. Occasionally some shows still “bleep” out what some still consider words that cross the line; but even the worst ones sneak into earshot now and again.
In Ephesians 4:29 Paul writes,
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.
I can’t throw stones. I’ve spouted out gutter talk. But only instances of extreme frustration. But my frustration does not excuse it. My wife is quick to point it out and admonish me. When I resort to it. I repent quickly. Because I hate swearing and hate hearing anyone swear. I once heard people cuss because they lack the vocabulary to express themselves in encouraging or positive ways.
For whatever reason, swearing is unacceptable if we (including me) are going to declare ourselves witnesses for Christ. Every time we choose a swear word over encouraging Christ-like responses it damages our testimony and our witness, even if no one but God (and especially God) is around to hear us.