- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
- By Charles Hollingsworth
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness. Proverbs 10:32
When I was a child, I had my mouth washed with soap because I used a bad word. It was a memorable experience! My parents took pains to make certain that foul language was discouraged. Likewise, we all should be certain that our speech reflects our Saviour.
There are foul words that the world uses to express its hatred and mockery of things holy and pure. The H, F, and S words are commonly used by our society, and fall under the term “vulgar speech” The D word (often combined with God’s name), is a curse essentially asking God (who they reject) to curse their enemies. There are others of course, but you get what I am talking about.
There is another variety of speech that has infected Christianity today, and that is “sanitized” vulgarities. People who would not curse or use rude and vulgar speech routinely use sanitized versions of the same. Heck, frick, and crap are cousins of the words mentioned above. Darn follows the same pattern and intent as the D word, it’s just thought as more palatable. Geez is slang for God, and is taking His name in vain. This is also called profaning His name. Now, I understand that maybe you think they are ok, but I’m telling you they are not. They appear tolerable but the sin is still the same. Think! Is a swimsuit magazine better than one with total nudity? Is cheating at Scrabble less of a sin than cheating at your taxes? No, for the root sin is the same. What is different is only the degree of social acceptability. Sin is still sin, no matter its degree. Likewise sanitized vulgarities are simply undercover agents of Satan, designed to trip the unwary into sinning with their mouth.
One of the clearest indications of a renewed heart is a clean mouth. Perhaps we need some Bible soap on our tongues!
Matthew 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
Pastor Charles Hollingsworth