I have been very burdened by the words of this younger generation of kids coming up in the world today. Foul words are everyday language to many of them and they don’t see anything wrong with saying them, no matter who’s around to hear it. I rarely remember anyone cursing around me as a young child. In that day, it was still improper for someone to curse around women and children. Today, not only are the men doing this, but women and children are using these kinds of words, too.
James, the follower and brother of Jesus Christ had some pretty strong words himself on this subject and I think we as Christians, need to pay attention to what he has to say to us. James says in chapter 1 that a person’s religion is meaningless and worthless if they can’t control their tongue. In chapter 3, he further elaborates on the use of the tongue, saying that it can change the whole course of a person’s life and it is set on fire by Hell. These are serious words with serious implications.
If we, as Christians, don’t control our mouths, what are we saying to the world around us about our faith? Are not our claims to be Christian made meaningless, if others around us hear the way we speak, and find it offensive? People, if we are Christ followers, then these things ought not to be so. We need to be a light in a world of darkness, not just more darkness in a darker world. I encourage all who are Christians, including myself, to work on getting control of our tongues, so we can be a godly example to the world around us. Reading the book of James is a good place to start.
1 [19-27] So, my dear Christians, let everyone first listen, then answer carefully, and not get angry so fast because a person’s anger doesn’t bring about the goodness of God. Put away everything evil that is unnecessary, and with gentleness, accept the Word growing in you, which is able to save your souls. Do what the Word tells you to do, not just hearing it only, lying to your own selves. If anyone only hears the Word, but doesn’t do it, they’re like someone looking at their face in a glass, who sees them self, and then goes on their way, quickly forgetting what they just saw. But whoever looks into the complete Word of freedom, and lives by it, not being a forgetful hearer, but does what it says, this person will be blessed in what they do. So if anyone among you is religious, but doesn’t control what they say, misleading their own heart, this person’s religion is meaningless. True religion, which is holy to Yahweh God, is to go to those without a parent and the single parents in need, and to keep yourself without fault from the world.
3 [1-1o] My dear Christians, many of you shouldn’t be leaders, because leaders will be held to a stricter judgment. We all do many things that are wrong. If a person doesn’t offend anyone with their words, they are a complete person, and able also to keep their whole body under control. We put bits in the mouths of horses, so that they’ll obey us; and with it we turn their whole body. And also the ships, which are so big, and are driven by very strong winds, are still turned around with a very small helm, wherever the captain wants it to go. Just the same, the tongue is a very small part of the body, but brags about a great many things. See what a great fire a little spark kindles! And the tongue is like a fire, a world of sin. Just the same, the tongue is the worst of our body parts, because it makes the whole body filthy, and changes the whole course of a person’s life, setting it on fire by Hell. Every kind of creature, bird, snake, and even the things in the sea, can be tamed, and has been tamed by humanity: But no one can tame the tongue. It’s an unruly, evil thing, full of deadly poison. With our tongue we bless the God we come from; and with the same tongue we curse others, who are made in the very likeness of God. Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My dear Christians, it shouldn’t be this way.