Be Careful What You Say (Profanity)

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

Are you using profane and inappropriate language without realizing it?

The word profane is Latin for “outside the temple.” During biblical times, all that was unclean or impure was kept far away from God’s holy people. But today, we often embrace the profane by bringing it into our homes and hearts.

I’m talking about common phrases we use, even in Christian circles, that refer to God or the Holy. Unlike people in ancient times who cringed at trivializing God’s name, we do so without a second thought. Examples of modern-day profane language, often heard on popular TV shows or movies, or found in books, magazines, or the internet, include: “Oh my God;” “Oh my goodness;” “For goodness sake;” “Good heavens;” “Oh my Word,” and so on. According to author G.E. Veith, “profanity uses religious language in a way that desecrates or trivializes its sacred meaning.”

I’m sure many believers who are hearing me think I’m going way overboard on this. They are more likely to categorize certain four-letter words as bad language that we should stay away from. Yet they are ignoring the most powerful statement against profane language found in the Bible from Exodus 20:7, “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Words brought our universe into existence, and it is why God places a high value on words! Maybe that is why Jesus taught that for every idle word that a man shall speak, he shall give an account in the day in which we’re judged.

Mark’s Favorite Book of the Day:

True to the Last
It takes unwavering courage to withstand the power of peer pressure, especially when it requires standing alone. Geoffrey’s demonstration of true friendship and faith knows no bounds. The ridicule and taunting he endures does not prevent him from risking his life for the safety of his friends. But when he must face the ultimate challenge, will Geoffrey have the strength to remain true to the last?