** Last week I covered the topic of homosexuality. Username Richard the Atheist commented on my article to argue against me. If you'd like to see my response to him, which is long (I warned you!), then CLICK HERE.**
Is swearing a sin? The D word, the S word, the F word. Do we offend God when we use this kind of language? Should Christians use them? My opinion may not be the clear cut answer you were looking for. As a youth and children pastor, believe me, I wish I could say definitively that all swearing is bad. That would keep the parents at church happy with me. But, at the risk of drawing their wrath, let me share my honest thoughts on this issue with you. Let me caution you, this article will get a bit explicit.
I was a freshman in high school. I left the locker room with my gym shirt and tight gym shorts on. Why do they always make them too small? I lined up with the rest of my class and we were cracking jokes about something or other when Coach Murry walked in. He seemed a little shocked about something and with a shake of his head and a half grin he said, “Did you hear what happened?” We all shook our heads no. “Some idiot crashed a small plane into the Pentagon.”
Well that’s strange I thought. We finished up PE and I thought nothing of it. But by the look on my algebra teacher’s face when I walked into my next classroom, I could tell something was really wrong. She turned on the TV and we watched in horror as smoke poured out of the towers on live television.
Somebody sent me a text message today that asked that question. It's a great question isn't it? People don't like the concept of Hell. Some people think God must be unloving to allow Hell to exist. To be honest, I kind of don't like the thought of Hell. A place of everlasting torment is not something that I would wish upon anyone... not even Hitler. But there it is. Hell. If you don't believe in Hell, you can't believe in the Bible and you definitely can't believe in Jesus who speaks about Hell more than any other person in the Bible. So what do you say about Hell?
Mark has been happily married for five years, has a year and a half old daughter, and serves as a youth and children pastor in Oak Park.