What Christians Can Learn from a Carefree Cussing World

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A few years ago at a football game at my daughter’s high school I was blessed with some free profanity. While walking to the car, five teenage boys were walking together close by cussing generously and loudly. Also walking close by was a family with two little kids. After about the third blessing from the teens, I spoke up telling them to watch their language. Thankfully, they stopped.

When I was a teenager I rarely cussed, but when I did, I certainly did not do it in public or around adults. I had too much respect for people to freely cuss in public, especially, around adults. My friends watched their language the same way.

Today is a different story. Many people don’t seem to care who is around to hear their profanity – they share with everyone! I have heard public profanity just about everywhere: on public transportation to my building’s hallways to department stores from both customers and employees.

Recently, I was buying a used item from a stranger. I spent about an hour with him hashing some things out. We had lots of dialogue during that time. I was wondering how I might move the conversation toward spiritual matters. While my new acquaintance was not serving profanity on a platter, he was certain offering it as a side dish.

Even after I told him I was a Christian an f-bomb soon followed.

Actually, I am not surprised anymore when I hear the carefree cussing from the world. There are numbers of reasons why people cuss so freely today, but the main issue is probably because they are lost. They cuss because they don’t care. They have no foundation to guard their language like the Christian has. (Eph. 4:29)

So, I thought: Why can’t Christians take a page from this carefree cussing world and be carefree cross sharing Christians?

The world cusses because they don’t care. Christians should share the cross because we do care. I know there are times I have been guilty of guarding my words so I don’t sound too religious…or something. I’ve had to repent of guarding my religious language.

I can do better with God’s help – here’s how.

Pray to God for help in all of the following areas. Be a more intentional witness for the gospel. Truly take every though captive knowing what the next words out of your mouth might be and should be. Use biblical language. Don’t be afraid to thank God or Jesus out loud. Admit to people you need to pray about certain decisions.

Don’t shy away from opportunities to use Jesus’ name. In fact, look for opportunities to talk about Jesus. Don’t cower, but say loud and clear that you are a Christian.

In short, all I am suggesting is that we Christians need to live intentionally as Christians. Most who hear your Christian vocabulary will probably not be offended anyway. Any fear most likely resides in us. Godly fear instills boldness to speak of Jesus Christ regardless of who is present. (Matt. 10:28)

Christian, what do you have to lose except a chance to share the gospel?

Here I blog…

Mark

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good for building up,
as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
(Ephesians 4:29, ESV)
 

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The above article was posted on October 11, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Jake Swink October 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

What do you think overall if using cuss words can be used for sharing the gospel??
For example, I have friends that were surprised enough when I told them that I was ok with them swearing around me (because I wanted to know the real them and not a show they would put up around me) and they thought it was totally different than the ‘religions’ they had heard of before. 
Some of these people are now brothers and sisters in the faith!

2 Scott October 13, 2013 at 3:36 am

I believe that a person should not start cussing with them, but go over to talk to them.  That way they might learn from your example and learn about the Gospel.
Scott

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