A group of guys had just gathered, and this man started to tell a story. He had peppered the story with plenty of curse words, and then to finish it off he dropped a couple of big “f-bombs.” They were all words I’d heard before. That wasn’t what shocked me. It was when we were introduced, and he learned that I was a minister. He said, “You’re a minister? Cool. I have a question about something that we were studying about in Bible class this week.” I immediately said, “YOU GO TO CHURCH?” The second I said it, I thought, “Oops, did I just say that out loud?” I didn’t mean to say it or say it that loudly, it just came out. I guess I was thinking it, and it just came out of my mouth. I could tell by the look on his face that I’d hurt his feelings. I wasn’t trying to, but I was just in shock. He’d just finished a story that used every profanity in the book, and then he turns to me and says something about going to church this past Sunday.
I apologized and explained to him, “I just didn’t know that Christians and people who go to “church” use all those kinds of words to tell a story.” I could see him thinking hard about what I’d just said. Then he apologized and actually said, “Yea, you’re right. Thanks for reminding me.”
I personally feel that there is no place in a Christian’s vocabulary for profanity. I can’t imagine someone listening to a person talk about Jesus, their faith or church, when they also have heard that same person use profanity.