The Problem of Profanity

It’s a winter wonderland out there this morning. There is snow! Not a lot of snow, but enough to make the ground white, and not enough to warrant shoveling.

This is the week I finally get to have my knee surgery. I didn’t ever think I’d look forward to any kind of surgery, but this pain in my knee is getting very annoying. I suppose there is a lesson here for me, I just need to “get it”.

I have been bothered by something recently, so I thought maybe the Lord would want you to be bothered by it as well. It has to do with a trend in our culture that cannot be pleasing to him. It affects women as well as men. I’ll call it the problem of profanity.

More and more, I see and hear our conversations filled with profane words and statements. It is as prevalent among Christians, as it is in the world at large. I have to ask myself, “what makes Christians feel they have to post profanity on facebook and in other conversations. Have they not read the Lord’s command to let no unwholesome speech come from your mouth?

These are some verses that speak to this issue: Ephesians 4:29..”Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths..”; Colossians 3:8..”But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.”

More: “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26). “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers (and sisters), this should not be” (James 3:10).

And finally, “Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips” (Proverbs 4:24).

Let’s begin by speaking and writing nice things, using nice words. Examine the things you post or repost to social media, such as facebook. If it contains profanity or filthy language, don’t pass it along. You will gain respect and maybe someone else will be encouraged to do the same.

In Truth and Love,
Pastor Jerry

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