I got involved in an online debate on “swearing”. Or was it an argument. Well, it was online, so it probably was an argument. Swearing is a fascinating debate among Christians. Because it always ends with those opposed to swearing saying the exact same the same thing. The *exact* same thing. Not one word difference. It’s like they are clones.
“How will people know you are a Christian if you say the f-word??”
It’s an interesting defense. It’s based in “being seperate”. In the idea that we have to be obviously set apart. Great. They have verses to back them up. So much for all things to all men.
But what really gets me with that question that is always asked? It’s the wrong question. It’s typical of the conservative Church in America. I mean, I think that most people might actually still believe someone is a Christian if they use profanity. The only people I have *ever* met in 31 years who automatically question the validity of a person’s faith are Christians. I’ve never heard an atheist say,”I thought he was a Christian-til I heard him say fuck!” I suppose it has happened…but is pretty uncommon.
But this is not a defense of swearing-for Christians or anyone else. No, it’s a frustration with the eternally stupid question asked over and over again.
“How will they know you are a Christian if you swear?”
And I realize that most American Christians define what sets them apart by what they *DON’T* do. Don’t swear. Drink. Smoke. Have sex. And plenty of other things we don’t do. We call it being set apart. And you know what? If those are the primary things that set you apart? You are a shitty Christian. Period. It doesn’t require God to avoid any of those things. Not a single one. In fact, you can find plenty of people who don’t believe in Jesus, or any god what so ever…who choose on their own to not do those things. So, it doesn’t set you apart from anyone(not to mention, lots of religions uphold the same virtues and morality codes-Christianity isn’t special or different for that…heck, it’s not even kinda unique) in the general sense. It may set you apart from the citizens of Hollywood…but so what? You want a medal? What’s funny about it is, Christians slam people who are not Christians for saying,”I’m not a bad person…it’s not like I have killed anybody!” It’s the SAME mentality people. It’s a “worldly argument”.
Here’s the question I am going to ask for now and forever when a Christian tries that stupid defense.
They’ll say(cuz they always do): “How will they know you are a Christian if you swear?”
And I want to know…what do you *DO* that sets you apart? Cuz not swearing will never set a person apart enough to make a difference. Not like loving your enemy. And in America, we Christians are a bloodthirsty lot who rarely show love for our enemies. When what we *DO* is setting us apart? I’ll start focusing on what not to do…until then? Lets shape up and DO something…not just avoid the bad words.