I Swear

An interesting post over at Stuff Christians Like about Jesus followers who use swear words.  Since I’ve never uttered a single curse word in my entire life (ha!), I have nothing to worry about.  

According to Christianity Today, evangelist Tony Campolo told many audiences in the 1980s, “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a (shit). What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said (shit) than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”

I agree with that idea and dig Tony Campolo. Children dying is a whole lot worse than swearing. And I have friends that are incredibly unloving, the second most important commandment, but would never, ever swear. So I think it’s easy to get wound up too tight about swearing. At the same time though, if I swear and then get called on it by a friend, I’m not sure saying, “Yeah well kids are starving,” is going to be a great excuse for me.


Apparently, I’m one of few people that I’ve talked to today that hasn’t heard that Tony Campolo story.  Either way, it’s a compelling discussion.  I wonder how many swear words I’ll hear while hanging out with Lutheran youth ministers next week…


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