Hmm…Do you let the curse words fly, every now and then? Or perhaps it’s more like every other word that comes out of your mouth? Well, let me be old fashioned and tell you that cursing isn’t cool! In fact, cursing makes you sound crude, rude and undignified. Look at what happened to President Trump’s latest Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. Newly hired, he conducted a taped interview with the NY Times. When the tape was played, there were so many “bleeps,” because of foul language, that the audio was barely intelligible. Let’s just say that many people were offended after hearing the unfiltered recording, and the man was fired ten days into the job. Cursing isn’t cool!
Cursing Violates the Second Commandment
Did you know that? God gave us the Second Commandment to show us how to live a dignified life. Since we are made in His image and likeness, we are meant to live with dignity and to treat others with dignity. So, the “shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” Commandment (Ex 20:7), is meant to give God AND us respect, not restrict us. We are expected to revere His Holy Name, and to love our neighbor by showing respect.
Cursing is a nasty habit; a sinful habit, that shows our worst sides. When we curse, we show little respect for ourselves, let alone those around us who unfortunately must suffer by hearing the foul language. There is no upside to cursing.
But, there is an upside to showing respect. When we give respect to others, we are graced with respect in return. When we treat others with dignity, we grow in esteem. We develop positive, fruitful relationships. So, the next time you feel a curse word coming on, check yourself. Find another way to express yourself with respect and dignity. You’ll be glad you did!
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