Bible

Harsh Language

I went to a new barber shop recently and witnessed a very troubling scene. People sitting like mannequins. There were children playing and climbing on things. And there was a very loud TV with a person thinking they were acting like a grown-up. What’s with the “F” word anyway. How does being vulgar or hateful help anyone?

Now I know some people face prejudice. They’re already unhappy. And then they engage in vulgar language which only fuels their unhappiness. They feed on it everyday. The way they relate to people is based on what they’ve been hearing. So they face prejudice outside their community and pent-up anger inside their community.

There are many studies on this characteristic. But the conclusions they reach were that vulgar language seems to give an advantage to advancement in the workplace. My take on this is that aggressive self-centered people follow through with vulgar language because they’re not interested in whether or not other people may be offended and may even take some of the vulgar language personally.

That is contrary to what is noted in the Bible. Jesus spoke to wholeness and freedom. The two verses below speak even more clearly than the studies have.

(Matthew 15:11 WEB) Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

(Matthew 5:22 WEB) But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment: and whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell-fire.

A child does not become an adult using foul language. And a man becomes a child when he uses foul language. Foul language demeans the other person .Period. There nothing positive in foul words. And the only reason they work in today’s culture is because it’s a decadent culture.

(Ephesians 4:29 WEB) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.

(Ephesians 5:3-4 WEB) 3But lewdness and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

Giving thanks and ministering grace are what we ought to be doing instead of using foul language.

The word “virgin” has become a demeaning term in today’s culture that assumes everyone is sexually active. If not they have a problem. Another is “simp” if a man is too courteous to women. All of this is a part of crass attitudes that attack the worth of individuals.

Here is some practical advice from a business journal.

https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2016/09/5-ways-to-remove-profane-language-at-work.html

We’ll not stop the use of foul language by focusing on words but by focusing on attitudes. And it’s the attitudes of a decadent culture that are the basis of the use of demeaning language in our culture.

Even so, we can still use positive language in place of the language of decadence. Notice the progression in the following verses. The order of the verses is key in order to have an attitude that is contagious instead of judgmental or hurtful.

(Philippians 4:4-8 WEB) 4Rejoice in the Lord always: [and] again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord [is] at hand. 6Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things [are] honest, whatever things [are] just, whatever things [are] pure, whatever things [are] lovely, whatever things [are] of good report; if [there is] any virtue, and if [there is] any praise, think on these things.

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