Is Swearing a Sin?

 You are either going to love me for this post…or you’ll hate me for it. Let’s hope it’s the former, not the latter.

Is swearing a sin? Some Christians will say yes. They will quote Ephesians 4:29 which says, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 also tells us to do all things to the glory of God. I don’t think dropping an F-Bomb brings God a ton of glory…

However, some Christians will argue that saying something like “hell yeah!” or even “f*ck yeah!” in a moment of excitement or happiness isn’t sinning. You aren’t cursing someone, you aren’t angered, and so it’s no big deal. They will point out that God looks at our heart (1 Samuel 16:7), so occasionally peppering our stories with a few expletives is not sinning. I’ve also heard the argument that saying things such as “dang it” or “shoot” really isn’t much different than swearing. You’re simply changing a few letters. So, which is it?

If you are a Christian that swears, I want you to consider one question: “Why do I swear?” Take a moment, as long as you need, and really think about this question. Why would you, a disciple of Christ, cuss? Christians that use words like darn, crap, and shoot are doing it because they don’t want to swear. Because they believe it’s a sin. So, why do YOU, dear Christian, swear? It’s a tough question to answer. I had a hard time with it. I really didn’t have a good reason, because there is no good reason.

This is the point where you may start to hate me, just a bit. Personally, I think a lot of Christians that swear do it…to prove a point. Stick with me here. I think a lot of times Christians swear because they’re tired of fundamentalism. They are tired of the unwritten rules of the church. They’re tired of the obsession with outward appearance. Refraining from swearing certainly will not get you into Heaven. So, I do understand the point. However, it simply isn’t good enough.

                Ephesians 5:4 says, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

                James 3:10 says, “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”

                Colossians 3:8 says, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

                Ultimately, the Bible is pretty clear about swearing. Furthermore, if Jesus were sitting right beside you, would you feel comfortable using curse words? Do you believe Jesus himself would cuss? Would you feel comfortable using those words in church? Is anything good going to come out of swearing? My guess is the answer to all of these questions is no.

The world loves to swear and we’re supposed to be different than the world. When you speak, speaks words of truth, love, grace, kindness, and encouragement. Make the words that come out of your mouth different than the words being uttered by the world.

 

God bless you guys!

 

written by Kristin Geckle – read Kristin’s testimony here

 

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