Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
By: Katherine Albrecht
Fort Fairfield Journal, February 9, 2011
Nowadays it seems like every other word out of every other person’s mouth is something kind of appalling. I remember when I was young—and it wasn’t that long ago—when people would say, ‘we don’t talk like that in the presence of ladies.’ Nowadays you don’t even hear the word lady anymore. But it would be nice, don’t you think, if we could move back to a little more gentility with our speech, maybe a little more politeness.
A seventeen year-old named McKay Hatch has taken this as a national crusade. He is working to try to get the young people of this country to reduce or eliminate the number of obscene four letter words and other obscenities and crude speech that they engage in.
One of the biggest decisions I made in my life, a few years ago, was to honor the third commandment which says not to take the Lord’s name in vain.
There’s a website online dedicated to eliminating cussing. It’s, of course, www.nocussing.com . Regardless of whether your a regular adult, a screenwriter, a novelist, or a teenager in an environment with a lot of cussing, there are a lot of reasons to think about your language just a little bit more. They have some tips on how to do that at that website.
The Bible even gives some direction on how to speak. For those of you who have never read the Bible, or for new Christians who haven’t started yet, I think the book of Matthew is a perfect place to start. In Matthew 15:11 it says; “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth the man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth the man.” This was said by our Lord in the context of someone saying you’re not eating all the right stuff, following all the dietary laws, cooking your food a certain way and eating certain things based on Old Testament rules. Jesus said essentially you’re not going to get unclean by eating the wrong food, you’re going to get unclean by the words that you speak because those words are representing the state of your heart and as the words come out of your mouth they are the things that will defile you and make you unclean.
I think Matthew 12:36 is even heavier, which says; “I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
Yikes! Every idle word?
The Bible also talks about the rudder of your personal ship is your tongue, in other places they talk about the importance of words and the meaning behind words. Even God Himself operates in the world through words. So words actually matter, they matter quite a bit. They matter so much that one of the ten commandments that was given to Moses had to do with words.
My polite way of reminding people who take God’s name in vain is by telling them, “Don’t call Him unless you want Him.” So, why not give some thought to cleaning up your language and making the world a better place to live one word at a time.
This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherine’s website is: www.katherinealbrecht.com