Summary: The use of fowl language in public continues to grow. What does the Bible say about profanity? This sermon answers that question.
Profanity Is Spreading
8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
10Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
This is a true story. Paul and William were good friends. They belonged to the same church. One day they decided that they really wanted to become godly men. So they started meeting with one another to pray and encourage one another. They even set goals for themselves and their behavior. It was agreed that the best way to make these goals work was to make themselves accountable to each other. They would confess it when they failed to act like the Bible says a Christian should. More of that later!
A few years ago a US AIR airplane crashed near Pittsburgh.
The cause of that crash was a mystery,
because the plane just seemed to fall from the sky.
So investigators listened to the plane’s black box.
They hoped it would tell them what happened.
CNN played a portion of that recording on the air,
It revealing that there were just a few seconds
from the time the pilot detected trouble until the plane crashed.
The black box revealed these sounds from the cockpit:
First, there was an exclamation of "Oh,"
followed by profanity and a string of "curse words,"
then came the crash and silence.
It was in those final moments
that the pilot’s real habits and life message
was laid bare before the whole world.
Isn’t that sad?
The last words spoken by that pilot were "profanity"!
What is Profanity?
The dictionary defines it as, "Characterized by irreverence for God ("profane,")...impious, base..., a profane act or utterance".
Profanity is usually language that involves
taking God’s name in vain.
It is vile or vulgar language.
It is language that is viciously degrading to others.
Does the Bible condemn profanity?
One of the 10 Commandments says: Exodus 20:7
"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Jesus said in Matthew 12:36-37
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
And, of course, our Bible passage today from James 3:10.
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
Point #1 Profanity is growing more and more popular.
According to some of the latest statistics,
public profanity in America is up by 800%.
We can now expect there to be loud profanity
in many public places,
even places that claim to provide a family atmosphere.
Women and children are now often heard speaking expletives
without any shame or regard for others.
57% of Americans are bothered a lot or some
when people use profanity.
42% are bothered a little, or not at all.
Only 1% aren’t sure.
A recent Barna Research survey reveals
the use of profanity was deemed morally acceptable
by 37% of the church people.
I find that shocking!
How can a truly "born again" Christian listen to such filth?
Maybe it’s because 37% of the church people aren’t saved!
The Parents Television Council says children watching TV
during the first hour of primetime, once dubbed the family hour,
now encounter violence, profanity or sexual content
every 3 and ½ minutes of non-commercial airtime.
When I began my radio broadcasting career in 1967...
You could get into BIG trouble for using profanity on the air!
The with the Federal Communications Commission
would impose a big fine on the radio station
and you could end up in prison.
We wouldn’t dare play any songs that included "suggestive" lyrics
Today, I’m shocked by the words I hear on the radio!
The movies that come out now contain shameless speech.
Many movies that are now considered family oriented
contain vile, filthy, and cheap language.
We have come along ways since the world was shocked
by Rhett Butler’s last words in "Gone with the Wind."
And what about TV?
As people watch network television,
they become more desensitized.
In my opinion, FOX is the worst of the bunch!
Their "Prime Time" shows are terrible!
I refuse to watch them!
Last week, the Nielson Ratings Company
asked me to fill out a diary of all the TV programs
that I watched in a week.
I watch reruns of Andy Griffith, Green Acres, Bonanza, etc.
None of those network shows got any help from me!