Thing 1 asked me the other day, “Why do they have to swear in songs?”
I have no idea. I’m not going to claim to be pure as the driven snow and say that no vulgar word has crossed my lips. In my former occupation as a police dispatcher, I’m ashamed to admit that more than once, during a milkshake of stress, haste and frustration, words uncommon to my every day conversation slipped out. So rare were the times that usually someone within earshot would whip their head around and their mouth would drop open. It was enough to shame me into apologizing and revert back to my non-swearing ways.
*cue my faux elderly voice* “Back when I was a kid, there weren’t cussin’ in songs.”
* Disclaimer:I’m sure some songs had cussing but they weren’t widely popular.*
Besides the fact that it is biblical to: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth…” (Eph. 4:29), it sounds ignorant. I will now sit back and wait for the flaming to occur.
This is my own personal opinion and experience. An acquaintance of mine (one I cannot dismiss from my life due to external circumstances) bowls me over with his swearing. He can use a certain word as a noun, verb and adjective – all in the same sentence. When I mentioned to him that it was a bit much, he was offended.
“It’s how all people talk.”
No. No it’s not.
It’s a struggle to find books, movies and songs in a world that shuns the Lord. I have a “five-page flip test” for YA novels prior to Thing 1 reading them for swearing and/or sex. Would it shock you to know that nearly 50% fail? Or would you deem it “normal?” One cannot even peruse Pinterest without random cussing on comments or Pins.
I can’t shield myself, my family or my readers (aw…you’re my readers!) from swearing in the world, but I can let you know that you will never read it from me. I’ve educated myself on terms of expression. Or even harder, I’ve just shut up. What can I say? I like to talk/write.
In reviews of movies or books I post, I will mention if there is swearing and/or sex/sexual innuendos. It’s rough because it’s rampant. I’m also not going to judge if you think me old-fashioned or puritanical for not swearing.
It’s my choice and since it’s in the Bible, I’ll defer to His judgement.