Profanity Not Tolerated!

We arrived with our family at a large theme park. Upon entering I noticed a sign that said, “Profanity and other inappropriate language will not be tolerated at this establishment.”  How refreshing!  I was impressed.

We walked to the water park section and a park official explained the safety rules.  When doing so he took the Lord’s name in vain twice.  When he finished I allowed our family to go ahead of me.  I wanted to talk with him.

“Excuse me. I noticed the sign that said profanity would not be tolerated at this establishment. I want  you to know I appreciate that.”

“Thank you.”

“Yet when you spoke to us just now, you used profanity twice.  Did you know that?”

“What do you mean? I’m usually pretty careful about that sort of thing.”

I smiled, “You said ‘Good Lord!’ and you also said ‘O my God!'”

“THAT is profanity?  Are you sure?”

“I’m sure.  Profanity is treating irreverent something that’s holy.  It’s very common these days.  Many people don’t realize they are breaking the Third Commandment which tells us not to misuse God’s name.  It’s so important to God that He put it high on his list, even above murder and stealing. Did you know it’s the only commandment that comes with a warning?

“What kind of warning?”

“It says that ‘anyone who misuses God’s name will not be held guiltless.’  In other words, you won’t be able to say to God someday, ‘I wasn’t thinking when I said it.’ Or, ‘Everyone else was saying it. I didn’t think it was that important.’ No. You will be guilty.”

“Well I just learned something new.  Thanks for telling me.”

  •  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.    Exodus 20:7

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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14 Responses to Profanity Not Tolerated!

  1. Linda Simson says:

    I have friends who say, Oh my God, a lot. I will remember this and try to tell them in a gentle way what you have shared with this man. They are Christians, too!

  2. Liana says:

    Praise God for your boldness in His name.

  3. Susan says:

    Your story brought me back to my teaching days. I taught math for 35 years in a Junior high and a high school. I didn’t allow swearing either. I had no trouble with this except a couple of times. In those situations I quietly told the class that when I heard the Lord’s name taken in vain it hurt my spirit and to please refrain from it in my class. They always did. I found that if you treat teenagers with respect, they will treat you with respect. I would have loved to have said what you did, but public school teachers have some restraints placed on them.

  4. Karen says:

    Thanks Kathleen. Probably most people need to personally “hang” that sign at the doorway to our lives and begin to live by Psalm 19:14 – May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  5. Christine says:

    Kathleen, This is something we all need to be reminded of. I have written about it too especially in reference to the OMG we see on facebook so often. But I have to admit that I am guilty also of the “Good Lord” one. Somehow that doesn’t seem as harsh, but it is still using God’s name in vain in most instances. It will be my new goal to overcome using the name of a holy God who loves me in an inappropriate way. God bless your writing and your work serving the Lord by telling of His love and forgiveness.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Christine. You’re right, the G L doesn’t seem as harsh, and certainly the Lord IS good. However, in most instances the phrase is not used to express God’s goodness, but rather someone’s anger or frustration.

  6. Diana says:

    Kathleen, thank you for your words, I live with my mother-in-law and she uses God’s name in vain and it breaks my heart. We are here because she is legally blind and I pray for her all the time. I loved that you confronted and educated at the same time. Blessings. Diana

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Diana, you are in a difficult situation. I believe God has a reason for you
      to be there. I pray that God fills you with His Holy Spirit so you can have the peace, the joy and the love you need in this difficult situation.

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