Growing up as a conservative Christian, I knew that one of the most important things a Christian can do is…to not say curse words. After all, the Bible says:
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)
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. (Ephesians 4:29)
and Jesus even said
And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15:10-11)
As if that weren’t enough, there was also the ever-looming fear of “not being a good witness,” which basically meant that if someone who was not a Christian saw a Christian doing something bad, the probability of them ever loving Jesus dramatically decreased.
And okay. I can appreciate the dedication to detail that my conservative Christian upbringing inspired. God knows I have taken that intense introspection and run with it. (“God knows,” there’s another piece of the puzzle, to be dissected at the end of this post.)* But I decidedly disagree with what I was taught as a kid.
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