Does being made in the image of God (Genesis 1) who’s voice is powerful (Psalm 29) and who spoke the universe into existence, tell us that what we say is important?
“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:11-14
In the movie Faith Like Potatoes, Simeon Bhengu works on Angus Buchan’s farm. Simeon told a friend that Angus was a crazy white man; “he waves hands about all the time, speaking nonsense.” That’s exactly what profanity is, nonsense. Using profane language serves no purpose and the only thing it communicates is the state of one’s heart. However, according to the Webster dictionary, profanity is not limited to what words are used.
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines ‘profanity’ as “the use of profane language.” And the definition of ‘profane’ (verb) is “1: to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt 2: to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use.” Looking at these definitions; are there times that we use profane language without using words generally associated with profanity? To “treat with abuse” what should be respected or to speak nonsense in general.
“For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” – Psalm 139:4
Furthermore the adjective of ‘profane’ is partially defined as “not concerned with religion or religious purposes.” Before Angus became a Christian, he spoke in whatever way he wanted without concern. When we accept Jesus as savior, He begins a new work in us; to replace nonsense with purpose. Notice how Romans 10:9 says to both “confess with thy mouth” and “believe in thine heart” – knowing that Jesus said the things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart (Matt. 15:18). God’s word says that our words should be used to redeem the time (Col. 4:5-6 and 3:17).
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
See also: James 3; Exodus 20:7 and 20:12; Proverbs 10:11-21, 17:20, 16:1-2, 16:32 and 26:17-28; Genesis 11; James 5:12
– by Benjamin Owen / TNmemoirs.com