Hi! Today I am going to be talking about why swearing is a bad idea. Some people might think that it makes them seem cool, or grown-up, but swearing is sin! Especially if you are using it to put the Lord’s name in vain or insult His Creation, cursing is not okay!
Did you know?
When you are insulting another person, whether if they are Christian or not, or if they’re nice or not, you’re insulting God–because all the Earth is God’s Creation! (E.g. By calling someone or something ugly, then you are saying that God’s Masterpiece is ugly!)
Let’s take a look at James 3.
Taming the Tongue
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
James 3:1-2 means that many Christians back down from becoming spiritual leaders and teachers because their sin will be judged more harshly and their faults examined more closely. But we shouldn’t let the fear of being judged keep us from having a good relationship with God and being able to spread the Good News! We are all humans, which means we are imperfect. When Jesus died for us, He set us free. That doesn’t mean that we are free to sin, though–it means that we are free from sin.
James 3:3-6 means that the tongue can stir up trouble if it is not guided carefully. Being mean, critical, and/or bossy can lead to lost friendships, and saying something mean can ruin entire relationships. Arguments, bringing up old rivalries, trash talking, are also variations of swearing.
James 3:7-8 means that no matter how hard we try, mean things might still slip out. It portrays the tongue as a villain, a monstrous beast waiting for just the right moment to pounce and ruin everything.
James 3:9-12 means that one moment, we’re complimenting someone about how well they did during a sports game, and the next we’re yelling and trash talking at the other team. It’s like our words have split personalities–utterly confusing! You may be unkind to one person but show lovingness and kindness to another. But God’s Word tells us that we should love everyone equally, and speak about them in that way. We shouldn’t let curses and swear words come out of our mouths, for James 3:10 says: “My brothers and sisters, this should not be!”
Now that we’ve looked at James 3, let’s talk about hands-down, four-letter word, #@%! cursing*, and look at whether or not it matches up with Christianity.
What is profanity?→ The dictionary defines the word “profane” as “characterized by irreverence or contempt for God; irreligious.” and “unholy; heathen; pagan.”
What is Christianity?→ The dictionary defines Christian as “human, not brutal, humane.” and “a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
Judging by these two definitions, do you think that profanity matches up with Christianity? Not at all! Remember the teachings of James 3, and watch what you say!
*These symbols are not meant to represent any actual swear words.