First let me describe some terms;
Worship (N) – the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
Worship (V) – show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.
Cuss words are what most people use to express disgust. Before I ‘fully’ became spiritual, I used the ‘F’ word a lot. Should I spill tea, should I see something beautiful the ‘F’ word was first on my lips. Over the recent past, when I fully became intentional in my faith, I made it clear for my friends that they should not use the cuss word and it was so. Euphemisms came as a substitute. Should Christians use euphemisms as a substitute to cuss words?
Sex is holy. God created sex and gave it purposely to married couples. Sex was created for man and woman to pro-create and bring lives to the world. The following points can explain why sex is holy;
1. It was created by the Holy God before sin even entered the world to corrupt it. Like everything else, sex was created perfect and spiritually pure from the beginning.
2. Sex is holy because God designed it to be one of His special experiences. The Jews designed houses, monuments, etc. but God personally designed the Ark of the Covenant, therefore it became holy. Man acts out in many ways but sexual activity was specifically designed by God, therefore it is holy by design, to have a spiritual meaning, as opposed to other human actions that do not.
3. Sex is holy because God set it apart for specific purposes that He decreed:
The purpose of creating the “one flesh” experience between a man and a woman (Genesis 1:24), this is why sex between men and men, or women and women, or any other combination other than one man and one woman in marriage is sinful, unholy; it does not use sex in its original, holy, purpose.
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What about the act of having sex? Shouldn’t it be holier than just the noun itself? Then why should people cuss using it’s name? A person claiming to be a Christian but doesn’t worship in truth and in spirit is like chaff, blown and scattered by the wind but a Christian who really worships in truth and in spirit is rooted to Christ. Noun vs adjective. Worship as a noun is just a definition of a term but worship as a verb defines the cause. It defines Christianity, a deed every practicing Christian should walk with. This definition got me thinking of sex and the ‘F’ word. Sex as a noun is just a word and it is holy. Sex as a verb also defined by the ‘F’ word is holier but people misuse the word to show how sweet something is, how disgusting something is or how they are displeased with something. It is sad and scary that people tend to use ‘Holy ‘F’ word’ to show emphasis on how they feel. What about euphemisms?
Euphemisms is where one word is substituted for another. When people say “gheeze” or jeewiz, they are actually substituting these words as euphemisms. These are euphemisms for Jesus’ name. They might not think that they are actually swearing but even using names as a substitution, it is considered sin. When someone says, “Darn!” or “Darn it!“ they are actually substituting it for “Damn!” or “Damn it!”. And the often used “Oh my God!” is obvious taking God‘s name in vain, even if people don’t‘ think so. Even further, the use of “Oh my gosh!” is a euphemism for “Oh my God!” and there is no difference at all. That is the way that God looks at it and it is breaking the Third Commandment. God hears it as a substitution for His name and we are told not to take God’s name in vain at any time and for any reason. Taking His name in vain means using it in a careless, useless, or meaningless way. Sometimes people will even attach the word “damn” after it and this God hates. This is clearly sin. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 “that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.”
How about the euphemism “Gosh”? This too is a euphemism for “God”. It is no different than taking God’s name and using it in a useless or vain way. God will not hold those guiltless who profane His name. Exodus 20:7 is clear on this: “”You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Leviticus 19:12 says, “”‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” Deuteronomy 5:11 records “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Jesus is Lord and God and so when you use His name in vain or a euphemism for it, it is sin as well.
I was a fan of ‘Gosh!’ ‘Damn it’ and other light words that I found no harm to use not until I read more of the above.
Proverbs 4:23-24 New International Version (NIV)
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
So I pondered on the scripture above that told me that everything flowed from my heart and I realized how euphemism was just the real thing. How is substituted ‘Father’ for the ‘F’ word, ‘Gosh’ for God and how ‘Mother Father’ was way much obscene and profane. But how can I avoid to the word? Most of the series I watch, awesome movies and friends around me say the word. How much am I inclined and stuck to the worldly to ignore the very basic acts of profanity in the name of entertainment? I realize that as Christians we really want to fit rather than stand out so that others can emulate us. When I was still in the world, I would criticize Christians with my friends saying that if how they act around us is their way of life we are much better.
We do not want to tell our friends that we don’t cuss anymore and they shouldn’t curse around us. We do not want to tell them that we no longer listen to the same genre of music. We no longer want to see the profane music videos of naked girls shaking their butts and the explicit lyrics that corrupt our ears. We just want to accommodate them because it feels cool. What happens next is, in their conversations one would say of how they admire your Christian life and another would vehemently say no he knows you inside out clearly stating your acts and they all resolve that they are much better of than you rather than for them to mock God, pretending to be Christians. In your sin you will have encouraged other people to be much more comfortable in sin and for them wishing to be nothing like you. The verse below says it all.
Ephesians 5:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Then how do you tame your tongue? Everyone has slips of the tongue. Even Christians sometimes say things that they later regret. The Bible is full of stories about people saying things that they regretted saying. A moment of anger gets the best of all of us. Unfortunately, it only takes one moment of anger to wipe out seven years of being a good example. James warns us about the power of the tongue:
James 1:26 “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
James has almost an entire chapter dedicated to the tongue and its power to do both good and to do bad. Remember that James, the half brother of Christ, is writing to Christians. He speaks of the deadly venom that can be spewed by the tongue in James 1:2-12:
James also says in 3:6: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
It is through the tongue that people will define you. It is also through the tongue that we will know what flows from your heart.
Proverbs 21:23 ESV
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
Proverbs 17:28 ESV
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Proverbs 18:21 ESV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Friend, tame your tongue, guard your heart for it is the stream of your life. Everything flows from it. Keep away from profanity from your lips because the world is always listening.
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