- Use it to insult
In the dictionary, Jesus is 1) An exclamation of surprise 2) The founder of Christianity
When swearing, we are treating something sacred with abuse
The media uses Goddamit, Jesus Christ, etc, but says that they are merely reflecting society
Film Classification: PG) Blasphemy 15) Sexual Swear Words
Don’t de-sensitise the name of God – why do we say “Jesus” and not “Buddha”?
Why are we blaming God for something he didn’t cause? If something good happens we tend to say, “aren’t I lucky?” , but if something bad happens we say “Why did God allow this?”
Talking about coincidences (the flying kitten): are these God’s way of remaining anonymous?
- Use it to exult/indulge ourselves
How often do we feel that we are doing God a favour?
What motivates non-Christian parents to have their child baptised, when most are making promises that they have absolutely no intention of keeping?
What about Christmas Christians, who take communication: 1 Corinthians 11:27? God hates hypocrisy, so do it because you believe in the death/resurrection of Jesus, otherwise don’t bother!
- Use to intimidate
How often to Christians ‘Play the God Card’? This was used to sanction the Crusades, slavery, wars, football, etc. as well as much smalled ways.
Believe that God speaks to us as individuals, but don’t misuse the “God told me” [Heard about a few guys doing that: “God has chosen you for my wife”… yeah right has been the general reaction!]
Beware of “spiritual forgery”. Don’t twist the Bible to fit your own ideas, ideals and lifestyle!
- I need to be selective with my words
Watch slang – which is often a shorthand for swearing (e.g. Damn, is a shorthand for Damnation: condemning someone to an evil fate)
By Golly, Gosh, For crying out loud, all refer back to God/Jesus
Often we say we don’t mean anything like that, but God’s name is a holy name, and shouldn’t “not mean anything”.
We are bombarded with profanity on all sides, and unintentionally it becomes a part of our vocabulary!
If we become too compromising it may not bother us, but it bothers God. In the Bible, misusing God’s name was worthy of the death penalty.
Make a decision not to use God’s name irreverantly and ask colleagues to desist.
- I need to be sincere in my actions
Ensure our life matches what we say we believe: Ensure your walk is consistent with your talk.
Many people attend church only when they are hatched, matched and despatched, and with that, the first time you’re carried in, the last carried out, so only once by choice!
- Cleanse our souls, heal our deepest hurts (putting hands out, palms up, is a sign of vulnerability and that we are prepared to receive healing)
- Restore humanity/dignity
- Saviour = name of power, some people are healed in God’s name, and delivered from evil spirits.
- Jesus spent 3 years discussing who, where, why, how, etc… and told many parables, at least one of which will connect with where we are NOW!
- Teacher: Educators
- The Way: Traffic Wardens
- The Truth: Politicians
- The Vine: Horticulturalists, etc
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.