What are you actually requesting when you tell someone “d*** you”?
This should probably (and may later) have some subtopics since the tongue and speech is so important. I want to briefly cover one area today – cursing/cussing/using profanity. As this world becomes more and more tolerant and less willing to take even a moral stand, I find many Christians claiming it’s okay to curse or going out of their way to learn to curse to be accepted by the world or to stress a point. Now, I still believe what so many older adults used to say about people who curse needing to expand their vocabulary to find other ways to express themselves, but there’s a more sobering reason this has bothered me.
I believe that if you can learn to curse, you can learn to NOT curse, especially if you have children. It’s really not that difficult – trust me. Think about the image you leave on someone when you use profanity around people. Now think about what impression you leave as a “cussing Christian.” Not sure how it destroys our witness? Just listen to some of these “contemporary pastors” or listen to how non-Christians point out cussing Christians. Why is a non-Christian more aware of and bothered by the profanity coming from Christians than those proclaiming they’ve become a new creation in Christ and led by the Holy Spirit?
“9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” – James 3:9-11
What does it mean to curse or use profanity?
Curse – to wish or invoke evil, calamity, injury, or destruction upon; to swear at; to blaspheme; to afflict with great evil
Profanity – the quality of being profane; irreverence
Profane – characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious; not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred)
Have you thought about what it means to tell someone “d*** you”, “f*** you” or “go to h***”? You are actually saying that you truly want someone to suffer eternal damnation (usually behind something trivial). I sat down one day and reflected on what I have learned hell to be. Hell has:
– No rest (those that die in the Lord will receive rest which implies those that do not will not rest) Rev 14:12-14
– No peace (Peace is with Jesus. I find it difficult to believe that tormentors, fire, starvation, difficulty breathing make for a restful sleep.) Matt 18:34-35
– No food/water (rich man begged for a drop of water) Luke 16:23-24
– Darkness so thick it can be felt (as it was in Egypt) Jesus is Light; therefore, where Jesus is not, there is not light
– Hatred (God is Love; therefore, there is hatred where there is not God)
– Pain and torment (rich man and Lazarus) Luke 16:23-24
– Lake of fire that is not extinguished Mark 9:42-48
– Putrid smell of sulfur (suffocating odor known as brimstone which means breathing is next to impossible) Rev 14:10
– No escape (hell has gates) Matt 16:18
I can’t think of any one person I hate so much that I would wish to be eternally tormented. Yet, if you are “cursing someone out”, telling them where they can go or even jokingly using these phrases, you are speaking your approval and desire for the recipient of your curses to receive these tortures. How can you curse someone, ask God to bless you and not feel an urgency to repent?
When you stop to think about what you’re saying and what it means, how quick will you be to deliver that condemnation to someone else? Better yet….will you do that to yourself when if you say “I’ll be ******”?