Archive for May 20, 2010

Swearing

Posted: May 20, 2010 in family, life, religion
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You’re standing waiting on a lift (or elevator for my American friends), the lift arrives, it’s empty, you enter, and just as the doors are about to close, someone you don’t know rushes into the lift beside you. You both press the button for the floor you want to go to, and then the other person starts rummaging around in her handbag, gets a bit annoyed when she can’t find what she’s looking for and voices several expletives in a more than audible voice.

What do you think? – You’ve never met this person before, and the first thing you hear them say is expletives?

Personally I was a bit offended. Maybe I’m just too sensitive a person, but I felt that for someone I don’t know to start speaking in that manner was not what I want to be greeted by when I’m on my way into my office.

It seems to me that folk seem to care less and less these days about what they say and how that might make others feel. Am I alone in thinking this?

Is it just ignorance? i.e. Let people are brought up in an environment where Christ is at the centre of their family, therefore is it simply that they are unaware of the offence they may cause to Christians when they use God’s name in vain?

We need to become a more caring world again. One where we caring about others more. We need to educate others that their behaviour/language is not acceptable to us, and that it should also not be acceptable to them either.

Let’s take a stand against those who use our Saviour’s name in vain. If we all make a point when we hear others swearing, to tell them that we find their language unacceptable/inappropriate, we can hopefully make a small difference.

Exodus 20:7 (The Message)

No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.