31.jpgOne of the first spiritual decisions that I remember making as a new Christian kid in the 7th grade concerned my mouth.  Even though I did a pretty good job at hiding my language from the adults in my life, my language did not reflect the Christ that I was then claiming to represent.

 

I realized that if I wanted to reflect Christ I needed to clean up my words so I asked my friend, Mike, to hit me in the arm anytime I cursed.  (I didn’t realize it at the time but that was my introduction into peer accountability.)

The bruised arm eventually worked and I didn’t have to worry any longer about slipping up and saying a 4 letter expletive in the presence of an adult or teacher.

If I’m honest, I have to admit that every once in a while if I slam my hand in a door or if a crazy person dares to get in my way while I’m driving something may slip out.  More often than that, I’m very liable to think a bad word even if I don’t say it.  I’m not proud of that, but it’s true.

Now that all of that is on the table, here’s something that I just don’t get:  What’s the deal with those who say they are Christians flaunting their sin these days, like cursing, and nonchalantly chalking it up to “nobody’s perfect” or “Jesus loves sinners”?  (Sadly, it seems there are those that claim to follow Jesus flaunting any sin you can imagine these days.  I’m just picking on language right now.).

The truth is that Jesus does love sinners and nobody is perfect, including me, but that doesn’t give us a license to curse like sailors.  I know.  I know.  Some people accept Christ and they just have a habit.  I get that.  I just told you that was the case with me.  What I’m talking about is those who just accept that as a part of their life and carry one.

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I’ve seen tweets from a well known worship leader cursing like that’s just the cool thing to do and he’s proud of it.  Sometimes we can actually become too cool for God in our quest for “cool”.

God wants to take us from where we are to where God wants us to be.  If anyone doubts that God wants us to let Him clean up our language, there are lots of scriptures that support that.  (Ephesians 4:29, Ephesians 5:4, James 1:26, James 3:10)

If we are following Christ, we’re supposed to be encouraging and lifting others up.  What I’ve found is that most of the time when someone uses these words, that’s not what’s happening.  In fact, those that use them constantly  seem to be unhappy people in a lot of ways.  That make me sad more than anything.

No one is perfect but that doesn’t mean that we should just stay in the same gutter that we were in when we met God.  If we follow Christ, He is calling us to something more.