WATCH YOUR WORDS! HELP THE VIEW
STAND UP AGAINST PROFANITY When Gallup researchers asked
13- to 17-year-olds to rank a long
Compared to other sins, cursing might seem tame. But Scripture takes a strong
stand against sins of the tongue. God makes it clear that obscenities and list of “serious behaviors,” kids
impurities have no place coming out of the mouths of Christ-followers. said using profanity in public was
Unfortunately, Christian kids often struggle just as much with their words as the least serious offense of all.
their unchurched peers do. Infractions range from the ubiquitous and casual
use of the f-word to rude, suggestive, and vicious references about other The Center for Media and Public
people. “Profane” means “to treat something sacred with abuse, irreverence, or Affairs found that profanity is
contempt.” So when people use the f-word, they treat something sacred (the used every six minutes on
act of intercourse) with contempt. Try these approaches to tackle profanity: network TV shows, every three
minutes in movies, and every two
• Ask kids to keep a running tally of the number of profanities they hear minutes on premium cable shows.
during one day at school or one night of TV-watching. Have them report back;
then ask them if they were surprised by what they learned. To combat high-tech gossip, some
schools are punishing students for
• Tell kids the truth. Research shows that people who curse are respected less what they post on the Internet
in our society and have fewer deep relationships. Cursing also can cause other after school hours.
people to stumble and violates our calling to love our neighbors as ourselves.
• Challenge kids to use only “prayer” words. If they wouldn’t use the word in
conversation with God, then it isn’t appropriate in any other context. Give
alternative attention-grabbing words that can substitute for profanity.
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Cursing is akin to unbelief The culture judges character What do your own words say
because it denies Jesus’ presence based on language, people with about your character, your
in all things, at all times. Why is foul language are viewed as ill- values, and your relationship
speech that’s unacceptable for educated, uncreative, and lacking with God?
Jesus okay for us? in self-control. Initial impressions
What sins of the tongue are the
of people who cuss don’t include
Refusing to stop cursing shows most challenging for you? for
happiness, intelligence, or
lack of submission to God. your teenagers?
Words reflect character and can
How might your family members
show an unwillingness to submit Clean language is the ultimate be able to hold one another
to authority if profanity is used counterculture rebellion. Even a accountable for how they speak?
Cursing undermines integrity. 2-year-old can say potty words. The
but as he who called you is
When we use swear words in world notices and respects people
holy, you also be holy in all
certain situations but not others, who refrain from using profanity.
they’re showing themselves that All kids want to stand out from the
crowd and carve their own path as 1 Peter 1:15
they can control themselves but
chose not to. unique individuals. Clean speech is
one way to do it. In fact, pure HOLY:
language might become the Dedicated or devoted to the service of
new cool. God, the church, or religion; saintly;
godly; pious; devout: a holy life; having a
spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
GOING DEEPER Expert Insights for Parents of Teenagers
Think about these hints to improve Speak less. This may seem like a A good rule is to share frustrations with
speech: contradiction to the first point, but only one person, such as an
sometimes when we’re stressed we accountability partner. This will help
Clear the air. People-pleasers don’t tend to be too confrontational. We you release some steam but will also
want to rock the boat. This is a major want to put people in their place. We give an opportunity for this person to
way the enemy gets a foothold in often end up in arguments that only hold you accountable to making things
relationships. We tend to bottle up our contribute to the problem and don’t right while they pray for the situation as
anger until we blow. If you don’t preemptively lead us to healing. a whole.
lovingly confront an issue right away,
it will only fuel anger until you Sometimes the best thing to say is Realistically, if it doesn’t relate to
confront in frustration. nothing at all. Prayerfully seek when someone, they don’t need to know about
it’s right to confront and when it’s it. Remember that our speech should
Often, things that eventually become right to be silent. Also, be considerate build people up, encourage them. Even
major issues start with bad if someone choses to say nothing, if “it’s true,” not everyone needs to
communication and continue to build. don’t force them into an argument. know about it.
Put concerns on the table as soon as
they happen. That clears up Stop gossiping. Even if you dress
misunderstandings and opens the door something up as a “prayer request,”
to speedy reconciliation. talking to others about a frustrating
situation shouldn’t be your only step.
Instead, go to the source of the issue
rather than speaking behind other
Remember the Camp Parents Meeting 10/2/11 BIBLE FOCUS
We will discuss the first 2 fundraisers that will both be in
October!! The tongue is a small thing that makes grand
speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great
forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire.
It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting
your entire body. It can set your whole life on
fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
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