The Words We Say

Monday, 28 November 2005, 18:55 | Category : Life, Religion
Tags :

Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost has a Christian Critique Of Swearing that makes some interesting points, applicable to soem degree even to those outside the Christian realm. I had read of Tony Campolo’s statement before:

“I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”

Christians aren’t alone in reacting to the wrong stimuli, of course, but we have, as a part of the faith we proclaim, a burden to care for the needy as a part of our doctrine. There isn’t such a clear call to purify our language, although there’s enough there to tell us we shouldn’t swear like sailors. But when I hear someone say that Christians shoudl never swear, under any circumstances, I’m reminded of my college English Lit professor, who I know to have been a fine Christian lady. She said curse words were like spices in food – overuse either caused too much of a reaction or dulled the senses, but properly timed would add just the right flavor to your statement. Carter writes “A word

One Comment for “The Words We Say”

  1. 1scott

    The only time I really get offended by foul language is if it actually involves the use of the name of Christ or God directly. The rest is, as your Lit prof wisely said, used effectively in moderation. Overused, as has often been said, it is a cover for a lazy mind.