Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dirty-Mouthed Christians

Here is a timely topic from A.W. Tozer. He offers a point of view which needs to be considered in our culture of reckless speech, in many cases within the church, unfortunately.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers… Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. (Ephesians 4:29; 5:4)

"One of the most shocking things in the church is the dirty-mouthed Christian who always walks on the borderline. There is no place for borderline stories that embarrass some people, and there is nothing about sex or the human body that is funny if your mind is clear.

There was once a gathering of officers, and George Washington was present in the room. One of the young officers began to think about a dirty story that he wanted to tell, and got a smirk on his face. He looked around and said, “I’m thinking of a story. I guess their are no ladies present.”

Washington straightened up and said, “No, young man, but there are gentlemen.” The young officer shut his mouth and kept the dirty story inside his dirty head and heart. Anything you could not tell with Jesus present, do not tell. Anything you could not laugh at were Jesus present, do not laugh at.

What an important reminder, Lord! Keep my thoughts pure. Amen."

(A.W. Tozer, Tozer on Christian Leadership, May 30)


Anonymous Steve said...

Interesting response from George Washington. While some things should never be said in mixed company, there are also some things that shouldn't be said amongst those who know better.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Quintin said...

Wow. That is so convicting. Tozer is amazing.

All praise to the Lord!

5:33 AM  

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