I recently got a respectful and fraught email from a (now former) subscriber. She said she was unsubscribing because of a swear word I used on a recent post—“sh*tty.” (And then last week, I didn’t censor that word in an interview … because I thought it was warranted.) My former reader mentioned the verse from Timothy about not having any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, and said she didn’t find it helpful to read swear words on blogs.
I told her I blessed her as she left, and I do. I am sensitive to all sorts of things in this world. There are children’s movies I avoid because they give me the heebie-jeebies (Coraline and Gremlins, I’m looking at you). I carefully avoid some news, images, stories or TV shows because they make me anxious or keep me from sleeping.
So please know that if swear words just bring you to a dark place, I get it. You don’t have any obligation to listen to them or read them, and I bless you as you go too.
But I think there’s a conversation to be had here about what exactly “unwholesome talk” is, and why I think sometimes swear words can be, well, wholesome…
I’m honored again to have my this post run again at ForEveryMom.com–and if you didn’t read it the first time around, you should check it out now.
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