The modern disintegration of Christianity has produced ten-thousand different sects. The members of these sects all claim to be part of the same church, yet they advance contradictory views and destroy any notion of consistency across the faith.
In fact, the only thing the many discordant factions seem to have in common is an aversion to cursing. Most of these people calling themselves Christian have an aversion to foul language, but they never really articulate or understand why that is.
Some people are aware of this tendency which many nominal Christians demonstrate, and they begin to wonder if Christians are allowed to cuss.
Christians are allowed to cuss, but they should not do so. Thought shapes language, and language shapes thought. the use of foul language leads to foul thoughts. Christians are expected to keep their minds away from impure things, so they should not curse.
This truth should seem obvious in hindsight. After all, if you try to remember a person who loved to use foul language, and if you then described their general demeanor, you would certainly not use the word sanctified to do so, would you?
Now, I’ll give you a list of eight reasons why Christians should avoid cussing. If you remember a couple of them, then that should be sufficient for you to convince yourself to avoid using nasty language.
Reason #1: Cuss words aren’t good. They’re curses.
We call cuss words cuss words. This was not always the case. A time once was when what foul words were referred to as curses. However, as religious and moral standards have collapsed, and as language inevitable evolves and reflects this collapse, the word cuss has entered the common vernacular in order to dissociate the foul words people use from any religious context. Our modern language reflects that, and the existence of both the words cuss and curse is a concession to an increasingly secular and immoral world.
This shift has had an unfortunate effect on Christians living in secularized societies, because now they do not associate the use of swear words with any sort of damaged spiritual state. The result is that they inadvertently degrade themselves when they curse.
The reader may help undo this decline in the spiritual state of modern people by choosing to use the word curse whenever they might normally have used the word cuss.
Reason #2: Don’t associate yourself with vulgarity.
Next, consider the following truth.
People associate you with those things which you tend to bring. If you always wear a hat, then you’ll start to be known as the hat guy. If you like to brign your dog with you wherever oyou go, then you’ll eventualyl be known as the dog guy. If your favorite thign to talka bout is anime, then you’ll start ot be known as the anime guy.
Now, suppose that you frequently cuss adn that you do so to a much greater extent than do those aorund you. You’ll then start to develop a reputationa s the vulgar guy, and you really don’t want to build that. this is ebcause people don’t expect anythign of value to come out fo vulgarity, so they will nto expect that the vulgar guy’s opinions will be worth anything.
So they’ll stop listening to you if you cuss a lot. Thorugh your cosntant cursing, you can destroy your credibility, and you do not want to do that.
Reason #3: The Opportunity Cost
What kind of things should you say?
When you choose to spend some time and energy to say something, are also choosing not to spend that time and energy to say something else. So when you curse, you are not devoting your words to something better than cursing. In doing so, you prove that your value system either does not exist or that it does exist and is all-too tawdry.
In either case, you condemn yourself.
If you are going to bother talking at all, then you should say words that are worth saying. If you do not have anything worth saying, then you should keep your mouth shut and think of something insightful. Only then should you resume running your mouth.
Reason #4: Proof of Poor Vocabulary
Many people who love to curse only do so because they lack the vocabulary to speak otherwise.
Curse words are used to add emotional emphasis to statements which are needful of it. So people will often insert curses into sentences which they feel were too bland on their own.
But why insert curse words when you could use a word that didn’t make you look as though you were person of low quality?
I argue that the reason why people curse is that they lack the vocabulary required to use other words.
Have you noticed how most cure words are short and easy to say? You don’t need to be a genius in order to master them. Moreover, the kinds of people who like to curse frequently are also the people who tend not to read books or listen to intelligent speakers. Yet these are the methods by which a person most effectively expands their own vocabulary.
So I reason that the people who curse frequently, being the same people who forego the development of their vocabulary, are doing so in order to compensate for their lack of other words. If they want to add some emotional or illustrative value to their sentences, then they will not use words such as lustrous or shimmering, for they lack both of these. Instead, people will say, “shiny as fuck”.
Reason #5: They’re self-defeating.
The purpose of curse words is generally to add emphasis to what you are saying by injecting an emotionally charged and”forbidden” word into an otherwise bland sentence. Therefore, the value of a curse word resides in the fact that it shocks the listener.
However, in order for a listener to be shocked by something, then that something cannot be mundane. Things which are encountered frequently are not surprising. Therefore, if you frequently curse, then you destroy the impact of your own curse words. At that point, they cease to possess the one thing which gave them value, yet they retain the negative stigma associated with cursing. So you merely harm yourself by using them.
Reason #6: They prove you’re trash.
Suppose that we were to plot the average number of curse words people used relative to their socioeconomic status. Do you suppose we would find that wealthy people were the ones who cursed most frequently? I doubt it.
Instead, we would, I think, expect that people in the lower social tiers are the ones who are most likely to use an abundance of foul language. this si because the same character defects which tend to leave a person in the lower echelons of society, i.e., poor discipline, poor morals, and low intelligence, also happen to be factors which are conducive tot he development of a filthy mouth.
Most people are at least somewhat aware of this. So when they hear a person who frequently uses obscenities, they tend to think that the person in question belongs to a low socioeconomic tier, and they respect the person less on that account.
Reason #7: Enslaved to Wrath
This is one of the more obvious reasons to avoid cursing, so I kept it toward the end.
People love to curse when they’re angry. However, wrath is a serious sin in Christianity. Sow hen a person allows their anger to move them to cursing, they are giving their mouth and mind over to wrath. They thereby enter sin, and cursing is the doorway.
Reason #8: The Bible Forbids It
The Bible is filled with instances in which the authors warn against all kinds of awful talk. Sometimes they tell Christians not to bless people or things idly. At other times they forbid Christians from cursing things. At more times still, they warn the faithful against idle chatter, and constant reminders are given throughout both testaments which instruct the reader to keep one’s thoughts on good things so that they do not risk giving new life to unclean things via thoughtless and tawdry language.
Consider this verse (Philippians 4:8) as an effective filter for the words which may come out of a Christian’s mouth:
” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”