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Profanity - Part 1

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February 22, 2021 6:30 am

Profanity - Part 1

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February 22, 2021 6:30 am

The words we use speak volumes about who we are as people. So why has course language become so accepted in our society? Today David looks at the consequences of profanity.

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What's in your heart must be expressed in your words, your outward physical body says that where there are high oils or whatever, and shows a problem if your words outwardly are profane it shows a profane heart click bank last week we began a short series of messages we are calling heartbeats heartfelt look at how culture you know the words we use speak volumes about who we are as people. So why is coarse language become so accepted in our society hears David with a look at the consequences of profanity they avoid all this issue up profanity.

I got one email one best muscle all week.

Why the others I got dozens upon dozens why did additionally generate one question and I think it may be because of the coarseness of our culture that profanity has just become an acceptable part of our culture by Bob Knight. What time will never forget he's a very colorful language person. If you don't know it is a former coach at Indiana and he said to me you know I think on coach Smith was the master the four corners offense. I was the master the four letter word. And that's probably true, and it hit me will will why did Coach Smith take that stand never to cups. It was a committee made as a young man, and here's what he told me when I ask that question.

He said David, I don't want people to know I'm as dumb as they think they are think they think I am. He said I want them to know that I can choose better words and then he said something very powerful and never forget he said you know I'm just better than that I'm better than that. And we said that to me. I could almost hear the Lord say to me and every year in my life. If you're one of my followers.

You should be better than that better than the cultures view on a lot of different issues like the ones were looking at right now, some going to primarily speak to those of you were Christ followers today for those of you who are spiritual seekers go. I hope you'll see in this message. The high calling that Jesus has for his people. So let's begin by quoting together. Psalm 1914.

I'm going to do the beginning. You'll do the second part of the let the words of my mouth and you respond and the meditations of our hearts that all ended. Psalm 19. Okay Lord, let the words of my mouth and be acceptable in your sight of God our strength and our Redeemer noticed the connection between words in the heart words of my mouth meditations of our hearts from Isaiah chapter 6 verse five and I Isaiah said woe is me, for I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of the people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts, the Lord of the Angel armies notice when Isaiah had an experience with God and he was overcome by the holiness of God. The first thing that was challenged in his life was the fact he felt he had unclean lips, and he lived in a course culture of unclean lips first thing that came over him. We experience the holiness of God. Proverbs 1020 the tongue of the righteous is choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth notice the connection between words and heart Titus to a post talking about sound speech among Jesus followers, he said, and sound speech that cannot be condemned so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us that words sound speech means pure fit. Disciplined is the kind of word that's used for a fit and healthy body. So our words should be sound and fit and discipline like a sound and fit, disciplined, healthy body that wait no opponent of Jesus can ever find any reason to put Jesus and us to shame. Ephesians 429 from the apostle Paul.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear that term corrupting talk means rotten fruit, spoiled food, so don't let rotten spoiled words that are like rotten spoiled fruit come out of your mouth but use words instead to build up and give grace. Paul said Ephesians 54.

Paul said, let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking which are out of place. A place for followers of Jesus, but instead let there be Thanksgiving, so don't let your words be filthy, or contain foolish talk and I think that would include gossip and slander, and abusive talk, but for profanity is our message today, especially crude or course joking.

Don't laugh at them. Don't tell them they're inappropriate or out of place, but use your tongues for Thanksgiving, pulse Philippians 48 finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there's anything worthy of praise. What is the last phrase that folks think on these things. Think about these things which pure and honorable and excellent etc. Romans 12 to do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Words begin with what happens in your mind what you think that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. And finally, from the words of Jesus himself, talking to the scribes and Pharisees who lived a life of hypocrisy.

Their words and their hearts, not matching. He said you brood of vipers, how can you speak good, when you are evil.

For out of the abundance of the heart to what the mouth speaks.

The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak chilling and Jesus is basically saying the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart what's in your heart must be expressed with your words, your outward physical body says that where there are hives or Boyles or whatever. It shows an inward problem. If your words outwardly are profane it shows a profane heart and were held accountable for what we say ouch's let let's first of all, try to understand this word profanity.

It comes from the word profane which means to treat something sacred with abuse to treat something sacred with irreverence to treat something sacred with contempt to take something sacred and make it vulgar so profanity or what is profane is taking something this wonderful and good that's given to us by God and turning it into something common, something course, something casual. That's what profanity is taking the wonderful gift of speech and words that were intended to edify and encourage and give Thanksgiving and gratitude and turning them into course, words that aren't part of the sacred nature of God. Let me give you a brief American history of profanity. The United States was formed generally by a Judeo-Christian ethic which taught the Scriptures that I just read you and others that our words should match our hearts. Interestingly, George Washington, the father of our nation when he was commanding the Revolutionary war Army. He wrote out a manual telling his soldiers not to use profanity. Can you imagine that in the military today, but George Washington so wanted his troops to be above reproach to be better than that. He asked them never to use profanity and I think that generally guided America.

Though there are pockets of profane language all around but not in the entertainment industry until 1939 when the filmmakers Association decided that if a literary work was being translated into a movie and there was something said in the movie that could not be missed something in the book that cannot be missed in the movie you need to be stated. So some of you may have seen or even remember back in 1939 the movie gone with the wind.

When Rhett Butler and great frustration look at Scarlet O'Hara and he said frankly my dear, I don't give a D that opened the door and after that first use of profanity. Slowly but surely that kind of language became Morse acceptable in movies and then in television.

Fast forward to 1981, the first F bomb on television was dropped on Saturday night live doesn't surprise you.

Does it in a JR Ewing parody who shot JR Ewing and if you don't know what I'm talking about.

You probably don't have gray hair. For those of us who remember it was a parody about Dallas and one of the big questions of the day who shot one of the major characters JR Ewing, so the F bomb is dropped first in 1981 on television in the early 1990s, NYPD Blue start saying the S word and in one episode the S word was used more often than all the decades previously combined and it's only exacerbated since then, to the point where in this past year.

One movie critic counted up over 400 times in a movie the F bomb was dropped in the same movie over 200 times character said GD so it's become commonplace in our culture.

It's just a part of our normal life and that's the reason I guess I only got one question regarding the subject shot jocks use it. Serious satellite radio has it on a lot of channels if you want to go there. It's just commonplace. I remember a song my brother Howard using long ago was a great singer and he was a teen he used to sing a song from a Broadway musical and will like this in olden days, a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking now. Heaven knows, anything goes.

Good authors used once, only better. Words now only use four letter words writing prose, anything goes. And that's what happened, anything goes. Especially with our speech and folks it's even crossed over into Christian acceptability. It has, in 2009, a famous author wrote a book and called one of America's foremost hip, cool pastors, the cousin preacher. He regularly would drop profanity in his messages couple years ago I met with one of the most famous young pastors in America and we were sitting and dialoguing about the gospel and culture and things like that and I asked him to question as it please help me understand first of all, the mammoth use of alcohol among Christians and Christian pastors today. Not not go back and lose my message couple weeks ago I can't teach T totaling from the Bible. You just can't but I can preach against drunkenness and there seems to be an awful lot of alcohol usage in our culture and especially number pastors as explained to me the second question asking, and explain to me how many young cool hip pastors can cuss, use profanity and not bother them and you could see his rear end bouncing in his seat as he was very comfortable with my questions as he should.

I've asked Christians how you get off on using the words you use that are considered profane taking the sacred and making them common and vulgar and here the three answers generally given to me. First of all, it helps me relate to people and share the gospel.

Are you kidding me.

I thought we were supposed to lift people up to the holiness of Christ by our life not getting the gutter and become like them really I thought were supposed to be better than that. Secondly, I'm under a lot of pressure and release pressure for me to cuss and to be profane, really give you another hint exercise, eat well there other ways to alleviate pressure than just blowing off profanity and finally, even Christians, but this is commonplace in the world. They say they're just words. There just sounds that come out of your mouth when you form your mouth and tongue a certain way will folks words mean something behind every word is a meaning Jesus in John one.

What is called the Word made flesh, and if you think words don't have any meaning.

Let me ask you this question for those of us who are Caucasian. Do you use the N word with their African-American friends and associates. Why not because the words offensive as a meaning behind it is a degradation of darker skin.

You people or here's another one. Do you use the C word with women. Why don't you because it's offensive. It degrades women makes them something they're not social. Words have meanings and for those who say it was just a word we all corner were, should we not think Gorder words not caring what other people think what God thinks. If we are overcome by his presence and he lives in us, we better than that should in our language not be profane, shouldn't we be better than that. Let me give you three thoughts on profanity that if I had 35 minutes with you in my office is what I'd say first of all, don't ever use the Lord's name in vain.

Ever in X.

This chapter 20 verse seven that's what God said in one of the big 10 or the 10 commands he said you shall not use my name in vain. The name of God is the highest name above all names.

He's the creator of the universe, the holy one of the universe and his son Jesus Christ is the revelation of God's character who he is.

When you take the Lord's name in vain.

What you're basically doing is saying the creator of this universe and the revelation of himself in Jesus Christ basically has no power. It's vanity to call upon his name. And God wanted his name in the name of Jesus not to be expressed in profanity when were frustrated or whatever he wanted to be exalted above all the names and all of the universe and back in Philippians 211 Paul said one day, every knee shall bow and every tongue can best the name of Jesus that he is Lord and moments joins me in a conversation about how criticism not only affect the person receiving the right guy Mark McManus with moments of hope churches ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community with me in the studio today is Tony Marciano, Executive Director of the Charlotte rescue mission to tell us about the Charlotte rescue mission marked the Charlotte rescue mission.

Everything we do is about transformation with a focus on individual struggling with addiction uniquely work from the inside out to address the root cause to be accomplished by providing professional Christian presidential recovery services free of charge and let me back up for just a moment and explain all that to my city were transformation I get those marching orders from John six very interesting chapter the Bible when day when Jesus feeds 5000 people that night the disciples flowed across the lake.

Jesus follows them by walking across like in the next day the crowd gets in boats and follows them.

But on day two.

Jesus chooses not to feed them.

He begins to preach at them they all leave. I think that one chapter it's the heart of God for the poor were God says on day one. I love you so much except you just as you are, but they too got a saying I love you too much to leave you there and that's the hard work of transformation that we focus on everyday Charlotte rescue mission. I mentioned we could work from the inside out to address the root cause that root causes shame, guilt is when I make a mistake the same since I am a mistake and if you knew me you would like me and of God to make out with like me and I wrapped it up by saying we address this by providing professional free Christian presidential recovery services.

I like to use the verses that Ephesians chapter 3 verse 18 with the apostle Paul says they may have the power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breath length, height and depth in verse 19 says and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled all the measure the fullness of God. But I believe firmly that when someone realizes that God's love is four dimensional, not three-dimensional, not conditional but unconditional they have that aha moment that God loves him all the shame of their soul goes away because they know their fully accepted by God for what they've done simply because God loves them and that's what we do every day. Charlotte rescue mission love to have you get involved, please go to the webpage Charlotte rescue mission.org for ways that you can impact. Thanks for listening today.

Joining me in the stadium with our pastor David Saad Lake. Thank you so much for being today. It's great being with you Jen as well will in your morning devotions, you have recently started a series that you're calling David is one I read last week made me think he said no one has ever erected a start, you to a critic.

I would love for you to unpack this fast. Well thanks Jim these David isms, as we are affectionately calling them all lessons I've learned from my dad life, mentors, coaches, whomever, and I just love sharing them with people so they asked us to put them down on paper and we chose to do so. So here's one, as you mentioned today no one has ever erected a statue to a critic. Here's what that's trying to say Jim listeners. Have you ever seen a statue erected to a critic. Well I haven't and doling out criticism is easy and it never cost you anything. People love to criticize and find fault with other people, but in the end it's the people who stand up for something for a cause for truth for conviction who have statues erected in their honor who are respected and remembered for the goodness they brought to others for years to come because of their courage to take a stand. In other words, courageous people are the ones most admired in our culture and throughout the world.

In fact, God commands us to be courageous. He says to his servant Joshua.

Have I not commanded you.

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. That's in Joshua 19 so God's command to Joshua is the same for us as well. Today the strong. Be courageous. Take stands. God does not need people who are weak in order to carry his cause in our culture today. So here's the call that God asked us to do great things for God, his kingdom and other people.

That's what will allow a statute to be erected to you don't be a critic. Don't sit on the sidelines and criticize other people especially who are trying to make a difference in the world. For in the end. And here was my point in the blog Jen. No one ever erects a statue to a critic. That's a really insightful way to remember not the critical spirit and I feel like that is rampant right now that's just in the air is to be critical of people I couldn't agree more on how quickly people jump on social media to criticize whomever it might be, and I even see it now among Christians and take shots at other pastors, other believers and I just don't understand how we can so quickly. Do that you biblically that kind of action is called slander and in God's eyes. That's as hideous as sin as sexual immorality and even pride.

God hates slander and yet were so quickly slanderous of other people. I think the critical side of folks has been exacerbated for a lot of different reasons in our culture it needs to stop and we need to use our words to build up other people to encourage other people not to criticize other people. Again, no one's ever erected a statue to a critic.

In the end.

People who are critical are cast aside and no one really wants to listen to what they have to say there truly forgotten. Yeah.

So let's be people who encouraged today.

Let's be courageous p.m. take stands because those are the kind of people who have statues erected to them and listeners. If you would like to receive my daily E blast my daily moment of hope, please go to moments of hope, church.org, you can subscribe there.

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