I have heard preachers swear from the pulpit. I have heard pastors swear in their normal conversation. It is not a pretty sight to me. I don’t think such speech has any place in the church or in the lives of those who are entrusted to set an example. Now of course we are all human and we all have our weaknesses. Of course if you are raised in a home where cussing and swearing is normal behaviour, you are likely to grow up doing the same thing since it is usually acceptable in those homes.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6
People are watching us all the time when we declare that we follow Jesus. People have expectations of what Christians look like, do and say. Sometimes (often actually) those expectations are unrealistic. But they do watch and listen and if we want to rep Jesus properly, we need to be aware of what we say.
James 3:10 “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be”.
Nothing can be clearer than this – we should not be praising God one minute and cursing the next. I didn’t say it, James said it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Guys, this is what God expects and demands! We must be channels of blessing and not stumbling blocks to other believers. Not only is the world watching what we say, but young believers pick up on what we say and we are supposed to set an example to one another.
If you are in a habit of using foul language and you love the Lord, God would want you to try to change this. In fact you should be under conviction of the Holy Spirit. God would not say something in His Word, and then at the same time be quite OK when you do the opposite.
Let us all try and make sure we speak in a way that brings glory to God. Amen!