Thoughts on Profanity

I recently watched some youtube videos of a chef whose cooking I like very much, but the language was more than I can take, and so this prompted me to post thoughts on the subject of profanity.

Exodus 20:7 “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.
Proverbs 13:3 “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
Ephesians 5:4 “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
Colossians 3:8 “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Before I became a Christian, I confess that I used a lot of foul language, and in fact, it was on a day that I took the Lord’s name in vain that a Christian girl where I worked looked up at me and said “Vicki, please don’t swear, I’m a Christian.”. Her quiet testimony spoke to my heart, and I never forgot it. I believe that the Lord softened my heart on that day, and when the day came some 20 years later that I heard the gospel, I was convicted of my sin, believed the gospel, that the Lord Jesus Christ shed his precious blood on Calvary’s cross, and took upon himself the penalty for sin, gave up his spirit, was buried and resurrected from the grave. I believed that I was a sinner, and that the Lord Jesus died for my sin. It was then that I trusted the Lord Jesus, and received him by grace through faith to be my Saviour, and one of the greatest changes was that using profanity stopped being part of my everyday language..

I do not know when the use of profanity became such a common part of the language, no doubt it grew over time from movies, music videos, television. It is very unsettling to hear such language on shows where you would not expect it, like on the food channel.. Why is it necessary? I do not know. It greatly saddens me the extent that profanity rules today as part of everyday language, especially in young people. What of the future? Is the use of profanity going to be passed on until it is the norm? Or has it already reached that point?

What does the bible say about foul language?

Exodus 20:7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Christians are not to use the Lord’s name in vain.. and I also think that if we are in the presence of someone who does take the Lord’s name in vain we should be as that Christian girl was to me so long ago, and say to the offender that it bothers you because you are a Christian, otherwise to say nothing is to condone it.

Proverbs 13:3, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” the Christian who watches his words preserves his life, but he who speaks foolishly, “shall have destruction”

Ephesians 5:4 “neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks.” the Christian is to have no foolishness in their speech, neither crudeness which is telling dirty jokes or speaking in a crude and rude manner. These things are not to be, and are out-of-place in a Christian. Rather their speech should be full of thanksgiving unto the Lord for his goodness towards us.

What should a Christian’s speech be?

Psalm 34:13 “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”

Colossians 4:6, “let your speech be always with grace……that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” the Christian’s speech is to always be filled with grace, and delivered in a respectful manner, and that is how we are to answer each person.

1 Timothy 4:12 “……be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” the Christian is to be an example in their manner of speech, in their behaviour, in love and charity to other believers, in faith, and in living a life that is pure.(wholesome)

and in conclusion, Psalm 141:3 “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”


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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Profanity

  1. JJSJ October 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm Reply

    This is very encouraging. God gave us the linguistic capacity to use speech, as well as written communication, so our stewardship of all such opportunities is either honoring to God or the opposite. Thanks for adding such Scripture-based clarity to a topic that is so missing-in-action all around us. Interestingly, the Jews avoided pronouncing God’s special name YHWH (“the LORD” is how it is translated in our English Bible translations), because they were afraid that they might break the 3rd Commandment by speaking His name with inadequate reverence (Exodus 20:7). Now imagine how television and movies (and youtube videos) would change, for the better, if that kind of reverence were routinely practiced by actors, news reporters, and youtube speakers! One more quick thought — as much as God values His own name (and He does!), He values His written Word even higher — see Psalm 138:2b.

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    • Vicki October 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm Reply

      very well written.. thank you for commenting on this post. 🙂


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