A Proper Response to Profanity – WWJD?

Actor Robert DeNiro and Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, along with others generally associated with the left end of the political spectrum, profanely punctuate their disdain for our President and those whom he represents.

We question, why?

It’s helpful to know the significance of profanity.

The word profane derives from Latin profānus literally meaning “outside the temple”.

Synonyms of profane are abusive, obscene, vulgar, atheistic, godless and unholy.

Antonyms of profane are kind, moral, respectful, polite, religious, reverent, and sacred.

The root problem is not a political issue but a heart issue. As Jesus states in Luke 6:45, “…out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

What Would Jesus Do?

To curse is to speak bad things; to bless is to speak good things.

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” – A directive from Jesus to his brethren, Luke 6:27-28

In my morning devotional, I came under conviction that I was not responding as Jesus would have me do. Hereafter, my tweets will be very different because my heart will have no room for anything but good things.

When we encounter profanity, let’s realize the persons spewing profanity simply need to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. The only Bible they may be reading is you and me.

Soli Deo Gloria

John White
Rockwall, Texas

12 thoughts on “A Proper Response to Profanity – WWJD?

      1. Mr. White – I find it disheartening that two times in a row you dodge a question I asked you about the president, and somehow make things about me. This time, you’re even a bit insulting about it. I am in fact not a never-Trumper, but a Trump voter who has become disillusioned by his actions and behavior, especially of late. You even said in your posting that you’ve been “not responding as Jesus would have you do”, and that from hereafter your “tweets will be very different because my heart will have no room for anything but good things.” Excuse me, Mr. White, but your name-calling of me here doesn’t seem to fit under that directive you’ve taken upon yourself. I’m not easily offended so I don’t mind too much – but I mention that more to prove how I did in fact read your posting.

        Anyway, that is still beside the point (of my question) – do you have any comment on President Trump’s repeated use of profanity? And could you answer that without deflecting to something about me? I sincerely appreciate your time.

        Norm W.

  1. You’d have to go back pretty far; I haven’t cursed since a New Year’s resolution in 2008.

    Anyway, that’s beside the point – we’re not talking about me, but rather the president. Here’s something more recent, from July, where President Trump not only cursed, but took the Lord’s name in vain: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article232848697.html

    You posted in your article that “profanity is not the rhetorical tool of a wise man but an indicator of the content of his heart.” Given this stance, I am curious: what would you say about President Trump’s heart?

  2. Norm,

    My posting was not a judgment against a person but an explanation of the significance of profanity and the proper response of a believer in Jesus Christ to a person who uses profanity.

    Are you a believer in Jesus Christ, by chance?

    1. Yes, I am. Again, you have dodged my question about the president and have talked about me instead.

      I’ll try asking for just the fourth time: do you have any comment on President Trump’s repeated use of profanity? And could you answer that without deflecting to something about me?

      If you don’t answer it this time, I’ll just assume you have no comment.


  3. Norm, you persist in a line of questioning inconsistent with the substance of my posting. It is you, I believe, who is dodging the question. Your accusatory tone against our president is an apparent indication of your animosity toward him and, therefore, your judgment of him.

    If you are a Christian, are you not obligated to pray for him, as per 1 Timothy 2:2?

    1. Mr. White – with all due respect, it’s a bit ironic that you’re claiming I’m the one being accusatory. In this single thread, you’ve accused me of: using profanity, being a never-Trumper, and not reading/comprehending your article. I’ve made no accusations, or even comments, regarding the president’s profanity; I’ve merely asked your own opinion on it, since your posting addresses profanity (and is therefore not “inconsistent” with your posting, as you claim).

      Further, I haven’t had a “line of questioning”, but rather one, simple question that’s been asked of you four times. Meanwhile, you’ve asked me questions at every turn to deflect – when was the last time I cursed, am I a believer, and now you ask if I’m obligated to pray for the president (the answer is yes, and I indeed do include him in my prayers). I reject your claim I’m the one dodging your questions, as I’ve answered each one you’ve asked. Since you’ve made clear that you have no interest in returning the courtesy and answering my own, singular question, I’ll see myself out.


      1. Norm, my position on any use of profanity is clearly stated in the blog. The point is simply this: what will be your response to profanity? Will you judge the person, condemn the person, or will you forgive and intercede for the person who uses profanity?

        Is it possible that you have actually read the entire text ad do not readily understand my worldview on the matter?

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