Re: Clean up your act
|by Zoe Sandvig|
Thanks for bringing this up, Kristine. I've been wanting to converse on this topic for a while now.
As a product of the "this sucks"--"crap"--"what the heck" generation, I'm concerned! I'm concerned about myself, my peers, and our children. Not so much that we use these words, but that we don't properly fear language.
Allison Aubrey says that words like "suck" are more acceptable now because language has evolved, and the way the word is used could just as easily refer to a yucky lollipop as it could to the alternative.
I tend to agree. But is this really why we say "crap" 30 times a day? Do we say it because we're really talking about "number 2" or because we're lazy--about our words, our attitudes, and the weight of language?
I have a friend who recently told me that she doesn't think it's wrong for Christians to curse. To her, they're just words. Similarly, many of my Christian friends--and, by this, I mean friends who are serious followers of Christ--say "Oh my God" as casually as they say "Thank you." I can remember the day when, like Kristine, I would have faced a bar of soap over that one.
Since my days of lathered lips, I've come to realize that saying "Oh my God" is no more wicked than saying "God bless you" when your mind is anywhere but blessing someone, or telling someone you will pray for them (i.e. approach the throne of grace on someone's behalf) and forget your promise within five minutes.
I'm guilty. You're guilty. We're all guilty. We've forgotten that words aren't "just words." We've forgotten Ephesians 4:29 and Exodus 20:7. We've forgotten the scribes of Kumran who washed their hands before writing God's most sacred name "Yahweh."
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).
But, let's keep the conversation going. I want to know what you think.