Potty Mouth?

Your Words Matter: What the Bible Says about a Potty Mouth

I guess you would call me old-fashioned, traditional, old-school or even out of touch with society. But I was taught that words matter. (And I still believe that!) There were words that I was not allowed to use; words that are now accepted by many people.

Like most people, there are certain actors I enjoy watching but I have a problem when an actor (or anyone for that matter) professes to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and has a “potty mouth.” Actors justify using those words because it is in the script or it helps portray the character they are playing. But if it is wrong to use certain words, I believe it is wrong to watch someone use those words as entertainment.

I wish I could go back to when they were innocent to cuss words, but the world took that innocence away. Culture says they’re simply words. They aren’t that bad and using profanity doesn’t mean we’re wicked; we’re simply using slang. Or words to get a point across. Or to add to the humor to a joke. But is this true? And what does it matter to us as believers?

According to God’s Word, the world has it wrong, and believers should take this seriously. Matthew 15:18 says, “…the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” Our words reveal our heart’s condition. Period. Crude, rude, foul, demeaning, and hateful language shows our true character. And for a Christ-follower — someone setting an example and sent on a commission from Jesus to make disciples — this simply “should not be.”

God’s Word makes it very clear that we should watch what we say. Proverbs 13:3 When we fill up on TV shows and movies where the characters have terrible potty mouths, we’ll be prone to using that language in our everyday life. There are some things I  can ‘tolerate’ when watching a movie but the filthy language is not one of them!

That’s what I want to believe, but it’s challenging. It means we have to think before we speak at all times.

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What Did You Expect?

Expectations: We all live with them. We got to a doctor’s appointment and we expect to be seen on time. We expect him to make us feel better. We go to a restaurant and we expect good service and delicious food. Someone is scheduled to meet us, we expect them to be punctual.

So the question is how do we act when our expectations are not met? Angry? Disappointed? We usually respond in some less than Christ-like manner. Jesus asked His disciples to seek accommodations in a Samaritan city but they were not welcomed there. (The Jews and Samaritans despised one another.) What was the disciples response? They asked Jesus for permission to pray down fire and destroy the city! Jesus rebuked them for having a wrong spirit! Luke 9:54-55

Jesus’ disciples expected Him to establish an earthly? kingdom but when Jesus made it clear His was a spiritual kingdom; they got upset to say the least.

So, how are we to respond when our expectations are not meet?

Love God Unconditionally. We must keep loving God supremely as our first and greatest desire. When he doesn’t answer prayer the way you expected, cling to him more tightly. We serve God, not because of the things he has given, but because of who He is.

Quit Questioning Yourself.Basically, we blame past decisions for present disappointments. God doesn’t always lead us into comfortable surroundings, so unfulfilled expectations do not indicate that you missed God’s will.

 Focus attention on the next life.  Our whole emphasis revolves around desires and expectations for life on earth. Then, when things don’t turn out as we expected, we give ourselves over to despair. But we must remember, this life is not about this life; this life merely prepares us for the next one.

Tomorrow, I turn 72! I know, I know, I can’t believe it either! This is the age when I can truthfully say, “When I was your age….” No, I did not walk 6 miles to school, uphill, in a blinding snow storm, no shoes, etc. but I HAVE seen some tremendous changes in my life time:

  1. Rotary phones to cell phones
  2. Black & white TV (no remote) to color 82″ screen that you can record using your smart phone.
  3. I learned to drive a car with standard transmission, no A/C, no radio. Now cars can tell you where to go (GPS), drive themselves, and a host of features too long to mention here.

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But the greatest change I have noticed is level of anger in our society. I know that anger has been around since the beginning of time but people no longer care to even control their anger. In the past, people may have been angry but they controlled it; they did not express it. If you did not like someone; you at least treated them civilly and with respect. People are not embarrassed by their anger but rather it seen a a badge of courage!

  • People interrupted the Supreme Court confirmation hearing just because the nominee did not share the same political view.
  • North Korea and China hates America.
  • Democrats hate Republicans and President Trump.
  • Citizens did not hate Trump until he became President.
  • White Supremacists hate people of color or their nationality.
  • McDonald worker puts cleaner in policeman’s food.
  • Democrats vow to fight Brett Kavanaugh even after his appointment.

Anger is an emotion that is common to man. Anger is not bad by itself. Anger becomes wrong when we allow it to control us.

If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.” Ephesians 4:26

Venting your anger does not help the situation. “Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants.” James 1:20

Never be bitter, angry, or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Ephesians 4:31

Allow me to leave you with this advise; “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:9

Three Pounds Of God, Please

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I came across this poem recently –  and wanted to share it with you.

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk
or a snooze in the sunshine.
I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man
or pick beets with a migrant.
I want ecstasy, not transformation.
I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
— Wilbur Rees

My first thought when I read this was, “EXACTLY!” Isn’t that exactly how Christians act? We want all the benefits of the title “Christian” but want nothing to do with any of the sacrifices that would come with more than just a small portion on our plate. Study after study shows that there is little difference between the Christian and the non-believer in the way we act when it comes to divorce, pornography, domestic violence, charity, volunteerism, or basically any other category you want to pick. The reason? For the most part, we’re $3 Christians. The key line in the poem is this: I want ecstasy, not transformation. People want to be happy, not Christ-like.

I am thoroughly convinced that the majority of people who profess to know Jesus Christ as their Savior do not. Allow me to explain. I believe that they (and most ‘Christians’) have conformed to a lifestyle without being transformed by the Holy Spirit! They know that being a believer means you do certain things [read your Bible, attend church, give money to the church, etc] but they have not been transformed; there has been no change internally. 

When you talk to them about a real, dynamic relationship with Christ; they stare at you like you are speaking a foreign language and you are. ” But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” They cannot understand because there has been no change in their spirit. 2 Cor. 5:17 

For many $3 is all they’re willing to pay. But for them I ask this simple question: When you die and stand before Jesus (and you will) what are you going to tell him? When Jesus asks you why you didn’t go all in knowing what he expected of you and instead you chose to be a $3 Christian what are you going to say?

Don’t be a $3 Christian. Stop conforming to the pattern of this world! Make God and His ways your priority! Allow God to transform your life – go all in. 

Blending in? or Standing Out?

There are many things that hinder a Christ-follower was from maturing and growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Too often we settle for the status quo and do not make the effort to rise above the ‘norm.’ Worrying about other people’s acceptance of us is one of the greatest strongholds to overcome. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in our teen years. Socialists use the term “peer pressure” to describe this natural emotion. This explains why some good kids do some bad things they would not normally do. They would rather “blend in” than “standout.”

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The Apostle Paul faced this in writing to the Galatian church. “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Paul is saying it is possible to be more people-oriented than God-oriented. Proverbs 29:25 tells us,“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

It’s sad to see people who try to please everyone – one minute they are pleasing one person; the next minute pleasing someone else. They remind me of the chameleon. They change with the environment; trying to fit in with whatever crowd they are around.

Jesus told us there are rewards for whoever you are trying to please. If you are trying to impress and please people; their response is your reward.Mt 6:2, Mt 6:5; Mt 6:16.

If you are seeking to please God, your reward will come later: Mt 5:12 Mt 6:1 James 1:12 Just to name a few.

If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?” ― Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries: A Classic on Revival

 

God With You

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Somewhere the Church has wrongfully presented the Gospel as the answer to all your problems. If you repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior; God will protect you and you will never face any difficulty. As they say down South, “Sorry but it ain’t so!” Country western singer Charlie Pride was right when he sang, “I never promised you a rose garden.” 

Many Christians {especially new convert} begin taking their spiritual pulse when things go wrong. Why is this happening to me? Is God punishing me for some wrongdoing in my life? Is God displeased with me? Nowhere is this fallacy seen more clearly than in the life of Joesph as recorded in the Book of Genesis. Space does not allow me to unpack this truth completely; so read the complete story for yourself. 

One phrase stood out to me as I read this story: 

  • Because of Joesph’s brother’s jealousy, he was sold into slavery but The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered… Genesis 39:2   Acts 7:9
  • Joesph became a slave in an Egyptian household but The Lord was with Joseph and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Genesis 39:3 
  • He was falsely accused of rape and put in prison but The Lord was with Joseph Genesis 39:21

If you read the biographies of great Christian leaders you will discover that many (if not all) faced great difficulties. The next time something goes “wrong”, remember you are in good company! 2 Timothy 3:12

Modesty

 

After living 71 years on this earth and serving 30+ years as a minister of the Gospel, I have learned much about people just from observation and interaction. I grew up in a church that was very legalistic where keeping all the “rules” meant that you were holy and pleasing to God. Ephesians 2:8-9

These were good people who loved God and people. I believe that in their zeal to help people; they went astray. They began teaching the principles of God’s Word but somewhere they started giving new converts “guidelines” how to apply those principles. John 16:13 It was not long before the guidelines became rules and the focus of Christian living and the principles of God’s Word took a back seat.

For years the Church taught the principle of modesty but not today. People are trying to emulate the fashions of Hollywood. We should not allow this world system to tell us how to dress. [Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Romans 12:2] The next time you go to the supermarket look at the front page of the magazines at the checkout. Almost all we tell you how you can look sexy! Why would anyone who is trying to live a godly life and please God want to be sexy? Paul thought modesty was important when he wrote “…women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty… what is proper for women who profess godliness 1 Timothy 2:8-10

This subject is too complex to fully explore it with this short blog. Therefore, allow me to share some scripture passages for your further study:

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 This includes what we wear. Ask yourself, “Is what I am wearing pleasing to God?

Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute… Proverbs 7:10 The way you dress sends a message to others.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 When women dress immodestly, it places a burden on men to keep their thoughts pure.

This blog’s intent is not to judge or condemn but to instruct and encourage all it live a life pleasing to God. “Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord…” Colossians: 10