Society says that the “almost swear” is not actually swearing, so it’s okay. Do you accept that reality?
Okay… realistically, the world’s acceptance shouldn’t be your measurement for appropriate behavior. If you are examining godly standards using fleshly values, you will be lead astray.
The Almost Swear
So what is the almost swear? Are you still cussing even though you aren’t actually uttering the words? When you say, “shoot!” in frustration, is that really what you mean… in your heart? Or do you really mean the other word? You just don’t want to say it, because it’s not acceptable. It’s simply not very Christian to be cussing.
Yet it’s not very Christian to be uttering almost swears either- especially when you mean the actual swear words in your heart.
Let me ask you because this truly is a heart issue- what do you think God truly judges: the words or the heart? If you say our words because they have power, then you are correct. But even Satan gives us what we say, as well.
We lie with our lips. We deceive using our tongue. We manipulate, calculate, shred, and belittle all using words! Words are not always honest. So why would God judge you by them alone?
We will be held accountable for what we say. Yet God looks at the heart of the believer. He is asking what the person is really saying. If you are really swearing, you’re probably in trouble. If not, then you should probably pick another way to express your negative emotions.
John Lysaught discusses the almost swear in greater depth, and how our speech can often get us into trouble. It’s also useful to teach our kids about almost swears, as it is so prolific in their language. Many of them don’t even know that they are wrong. I mean, how many times have you heard a teen-ager utter, “OMG!”, “Oh My Goodness!” or any other variation? Would you correct them if you knew they were taking the Lord’s name in vain?
See if John’s argument holds up and decide for your family whether they are “almost swears”, or acceptable use of language. Compare it to the Bible and see.
Our next issue comes out on February 26, 2020! Don’t want to miss an issue? Like us across social media, or subscribe to either our push notifications or free email list.