Tongue Tied, Part II

Now let’s see what Jeff had to say.

“I’m of the opinion that if you are going to swear do it seldomly, but make it a good

one…[‘F***’] is an amazingly flexible word, but I’d rather make due with only one rather than having

to scream multiple forms of it for a full five minutes.”

So, what you’re basically saying, Jeff, is that it’s too much trouble for you to curb your language.

Maybe the goal should be anger management, not language management per se. See above.

Jeff goes on to explain the difference between profanities and obscenities. It’s interesting and worth

a read, but not really relevant to the issue at hand.

“In the end though, while I think we should watch our colorful dialogue, I have a hard time going

the Gosh route. It seems false to me and I try my best not to put on masks. In some ways using wussy

profanity just bothers my integrity more than if I just stuck with the good stuff.”

Again, I can sympathize with the desire to avoid hypocrisy. However, we are called to put on a mask –

that of Jesus Christ. That’s not to say that our identities are obscured, annihiliated, or subsumed by

Christ’s, but that we should always endeavor to demonstrate Jesus’ meek and loving nature to others.

All Christians are witnesses to the Gospel. We should exercise self-control for ourselves, for others,

and for Christ. Lack of self-control results in unloving behavior toward others. How does that witness

to the God Who is Love?

Comments 7

  1. Mark La Roi wrote:

    Good post!

    Posted 03 Jul 2005 at 5:54 pm
  2. Mark La Roi wrote:

    I admire Messy’s honesty too. I think where people get hung up is her actually typing out the words.

    Posted 03 Jul 2005 at 5:55 pm
  3. Joe wrote:

    I can add nothing here – this is an outstanding post. You’ve brought up points I didn’t consider and said some things I didn’t have the $*#@s to say. Well done!

    Posted 02 Jul 2005 at 12:48 am
  4. edey wrote:

    i love that chesterton quotation. 🙂 not only is it from “orthodoxy” but dorothy day quotes it in her autobiography “the long loneliness”.

    “edey likes chesterton. heh” 😉

    Posted 02 Jul 2005 at 6:32 am
  5. Messy Christian wrote:

    I understand where you’re coming from, and I even agree with you, actually. My post, however, wasn’t a justification of swearing or saying the f words. It was a post reflection on how I am right now. For a long time I’ve kept that from my readers, a little embarassed and maybe a bit indignant of what they would think. But I realise I’ll just come out and tell people – hey, I swear.

    And when I mean apathetic, it has nothing to do with the lack of care for others. If that’s true, then my blog will be peppered with f words (which I don’t use often!) and the usual other variety I usem “My God,” “God!” being one of them.

    My apathy comes from emotional tiredness.I’m actually, at this stage, lack enthusiasm for religious things and matters. And this leads me to not caring about how other Christians perceive me. Is this wrong? Maybe. Like I said at the end of my post – this is how I am right now. I wish Iwas somewhere else, but I’m here right now.

    Personally resolve is – swear and don’t bother to hide your swear words behind pithy words OR don’t swear at all.

    I’m aiming for the latter, believe it or not.

    Posted 02 Jul 2005 at 3:18 am
  6. ~m2~ wrote:

    outstanding post.

    Posted 02 Jul 2005 at 6:58 am
  7. Funky Dung wrote:

    Thanks for commenting, folks. 🙂 I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I was camping and just got back.

    Posted 05 Jul 2005 at 6:10 am

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