Last week, Misty, Davidson and I were eating at a local restaurant. Two men were seated in the booth behind ours. They spoke rather loudly so we overheard parts of their conversation. Unfortunately, it was laced with profanity. Here a cuss word, there a cuss word, everywhere a cuss word. Because they were speaking loudly, the other tables and booths around them heard it as well. It was jarring hearing that amount of profanity as you are trying to enjoy your lunch.
I was also troubled because one of them mentioned “going to church last Sunday”. Of course, I don’t know his commitment to Christ, but he “goes to church”. I assume that he has heard preaching or teaching about the language we should us as Christians. The world is held to a different standard and expectation, but Christians are called to watch our speech which flows from our hearts.
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” – Ephesians 5:4
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45
Profanity is not a speech issue. Profanity is a heart issue. When we curse or utter words that are filthy, foolish or crude it reveals that there is something wrong with our heart. There is some filthiness, foolishness and crudeness that has invaded our heart. What comes out of our mouths reveals what’s in our heart.
If you are struggling with profanity, check your heart. What is prompting you to say the words that you are saying. What within your heart needs to feel the renewing touch of Jesus? What pain or anger needs to be calmed? What in your heart is prompting you to speak the words that you are speaking?
We live in a filthy, foolish and crude culture. We hear profanity in public places, in movies, TV shows and other sources of media. We can expect that from this broken world in which we live. We are not of this world. Let’s stand out by choosing to speak differently. Let’s address our heart issues so profanity is not a part of our speech. Let’s be a light in this world one word at a time.