Cuss Words

>The first time I cussed I was in 4th grade. My friend and I were around the corner of the school, past the playground boundaries, and after looking around to make sure no one else was listening, I said it. A look of shock took residence on her face as she covered her mouth in disbelief. Then nervous laughter wracked our prim little bodies as we entered the proper playground boundaries again.

Funny, as I think about it now, that I found it necessary to step outside the boundaries, literally, as my young conscience told me that what I was doing was also outside the boundaries of right living.

I knew better.

Cussing is not really a part of my nature which is probably why I can recall, for the most part, the times I’ve chosen vulgar language and improper speech over a sanctified tongue, but I am fully aware that the same isn’t true for many. A lot of people cuss.

Every word I utter is a representation of me–my beliefs, attitudes, faith, perspective, heart, concerns, trajectories–whom or what I serve, and to what extent. What I say and how I say it expresses my character and integrity. This holds true for everyone.

I believe that as followers of Christ, we should not only be concerned about the content of our conversations but the rating of them as well. We should strive for a “G” rating in our speech; godly and good. If we wouldn’t want a beautiful 2 year old child to walk around saying $*%#@ and #!?*& then we shouldn’t say those things either.

I’ve heard the arguments: “I only cuss when I get mad.” or “My grandmother was a die-hard Christian woman, and she could cuss the lips off a sailor.” or “Cussing has good shock value.” or “No word is truly bad; it’s how you use it.”

Whatever the argument, it doesn’t matter to me.

Cuss words are ugly words. Period.

Beth Moore states it perfectly in her book, Believing God: “. . . a chief sign of Christian maturity is a tamed tongue. Of this I’m certain: a sanctified mouth is too unnatural to ever be coincidental.” (emphasis mine) I agree completely!

How are we representing ourselves? How are we representing God?

“A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything–or destroy it!
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue–it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!
My friends, this can’t go on!” (James 3:5-10, Message)

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2 Responses to “Cuss Words”
  1. The Verkerk Family... says:

    Alright, who was the culprit who you snuck off with to say a curse word?

  2. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Melissa Kallstrom

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