Vulgarity – Christian views

Vulgarity

A vulgar remark or act. [Synonyms: rudeness, crudity, indecency, indelicacy, offensiveness, suggestiveness, bawdiness, ribaldry, obscenity, lewdness, salaciousness, licentiousness, depravity, sordidness, smuttiness, dirtiness, filthiness, smut, dirt, filth, pornography]

Vulgarity. (accessed 7 Jun 2019). https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/vulgarity.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:21 – English Standard Version

Lexicon
Life
וְ֭חַיִּים (wə·ḥay·yîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun – masculine plural
Strong’s Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

and death
מָ֣וֶת (mā·weṯ)
Noun – masculine singular
Strong’s Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

Proverbs 18:21. (accessed 7 Jun 2019). https://biblehub.com/proverbs/18-21.htm.

Related verse Matthew 12: 36 [from Pulpit Commentary]

“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

New American Standard Bible

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

King James Bible

Matthew 12:36. (accessed 7 Jun 2019). https://biblehub.com/matthew/12-36.htm.

See also James 3.

…curse words tend to be powerful indeed, because to linguistically reduce something or someone to the level of biological functions (and their resultant products) is almost always an act of contempt. And contempt is toxic…

Contempt is a mixture of anger and disgust, expressed from a position of superiority. It denigrates, devalues, and dismisses. It’s not hard to understand why even subtle levels of contempt are damaging—not only in marriages but in all human interaction…

Christians have a unique mandate to avoid profanity… we are called to live with a servant’s heart, affirming the dignity of every human and the sacredness of existence…

Theologian John Stackhouse points out that our primary vocation as Christ followers is not to “stay pure,” but rather to cultivate shalom…

But in every case, our words should reflect our calling to participate in hallowing, rather than profaning, the world. If it’s truly strong language that we’re after—language with power and impact—what could be stronger than the language we use to cultivate shalom?

What The …? (Cussing, Contempt and the Orthodontist). Carolyn Arends. (April 16, 2013, 7:10 am). https://carolynarends.com/what-the-cussing-contempt-and-the-orthodontist/.

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