Even before I became a leader in BSF I was not a fan of curse words. I’ve always thought that people who resort to using such language were just too lazy to come up with an appropriate word. But once I was born again my disgust grew for my own haphazard speech, still littered with profanities, and soon thereafter included other’s bad speech. Especially egregious was taking the Lord’s name in vain. God. Jesus. Jesus Christ. These were not words to speak in anger or contempt, but names of The Most High God and to be spoken of with love, respect, and adoration. Even though I’m not Catholic it even bothers me to hear, “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph” spoken in anger because the intent is clear.
When I began posting on Facebook I quickly found that people, hiding behind the isolated and thin veil of the computer screen, were much more prone to unleash their tongues and post all types of vile and crass material. Horrified at what I was reading, I quickly unfollowed friends and hid pages that posted such nonsense because I didn’t want to be associated with it. I was merciless when it came to my own newsreel and timeline.
Last month I posted some research on Hillary Clinton on my Facebook page to show her willful disregard of our military, her white house staff, and even her husband. It included her speech which apparently is overly abundant with foul-mouthed words, beyond tactless and downright evil in its connotation.
Regrettably, I didn’t follow my own guidelines and got called on it this past week.
Through a fellow leader in BSF, I was told that someone was very concerned about the post on Hillary, believing that I condoned that type of language. Clearly, she didn’t read the post or would have realized that I was wholly against this type of language and behavior – presidential candidate or not. But why should she have to read through gobs of despicable speech to understand my point? She shouldn’t and it was wrong of me to post it. I thought of 1 Corinthians 10:31-32
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God,
And immediately took it down.
Christians are called to a higher standard. We’re called to a standard so lofty we won’t reach it until we relocate to Heaven. But that doesn’t mean that we lose sight of that glorious ideal until then. No. We are to constantly work toward it.
Even more so leaders. Leadership has been my top spiritual gift since I’ve started taking assessments. God has gifted me to be a leader, it’s up to me to take that responsibility seriously and live my life the best I can to what Jesus has modeled for me.
Monitoring my speech is an easy place to start. Especially when you read Ephesians 4:29
No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.
And how a pastor can know that verse and still believe it’s acceptable to swear is beyond me … but that’s a post for another time.
Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!