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  • Should Christians Use Acronyms Like WTF?

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    26 posts, 12 voices, 3293 views, started Aug 10, 2009

    Posted on Monday, August 10, 2009 by Mz. Queen

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    • Better yet should Christians cuss or curse whichever word is grammatically correct?  This was brought up online the other day as people have been prone lately to using acronyms to make typing quicker for starters.

      What do you think about religious, spiritual otherwise Christians in outright cussing, swearing and such?

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          UK Girl wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I’m not sure but I will say this I hate it when people say God in conversation or Jesus as it really grates on me especially the Jesus as in “Oh, Jesus what have you done now ?” I find that very derogatory......



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          Coachmombabe wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I’ve thought about this a lot, as I know many believers whose language is quite colorful. I had a dear friend ask me if it was wrong to use a cuss word in prayer. I don’t think God is ruffled by much that we humans say. He already knows our every thought, so it’s unlikely that we would shock him. But the Word says to “Let no filthy talk come out of your mouths“. If we look at what the writer says next, it seems like the emphasis is put on the impact our words have on those around us,  “but only what is good for building up as the need may be. This way you will give grace to those who hear you“.

          So, IMHO, the issue is the movivation of our speech. As followers of Christ, we are to be lights for others and be conscious of how our words impact them. For this reason, I’m careful of the language I use. But I try not to let the superlatives of others get under my skin.estatic



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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I feel you on that one.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • That’s a good point, Vicki! I do think God is particular about that one, seeing how he made a commandment about it!



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          Mztracy wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I think it depends on the way we are using it.

          ex: WTF is your problem - hmmmmm

               WTF that is way cool - ok  

          sorry up way too early and a lil out of it! lol



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          UK Girl wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Coach - I think it was having the Ten Commandments beaten into me by Nuns as a child which has held fast ..

          The strange thing is as a person since coming on this site have so cut down on my use of strong langauge but using the word Jesus and God in conversation where your actually moaning or having a real burst of temper has always grated on me.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I hope they didn’t actually “beat” them into you Vicki!estatic But I have heard of that!

          My oldest son uses the F-bomb freely, and while living with us I could tolerate it about 3 times in one conversation before saying “Okay, move on to a new word, I’ve heard enough of that one for one day“.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • MzTracy,

          What does WTF stand for where you are, because no matter how we use it it means, (rhymes with duck).



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          UK Girl wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Oui Coach we had German Nuns in the full flowing garment and wimple - very strict and yes a tad sadistic .....

          We learnt everything by rota and you stood behind your chair with your hands on the back of the chair and if you were out of synch down came Mr. Ruler - so yes we all knew our times tables and yes I can still recite my commandments.
          Let me say no cheeky , back hand comments - no chewing gum - no mischief what so ever - the words fear of God were true they put the fear of God in us ...

          This is my old teacher honey - very scary plus she taught my mother and all my family - she was amazing and I’m glad I had this education now  

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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Wow. Ukgirl
          What a remarkable woman, that’s a relationship of a lifetime, to have taught your family speaks volumes of her.
          She looks like a schoolteacher. Serious yet loving.



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          Coachmombabe wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I got my hands rapped with a ruler once that I remember, for talking in class. I was devastated! It’s good that you can turn the negative around and appreciate the education that came out of the discipline, Vicki!



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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Coachmombabe,

          Your response was the one I was searching for. That’s the example we as Christians are suppose to be, because we never know when we are impacting someone’s life.



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          UK Girl wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I now look at education today where there is no respect and no fear and no one saying hey be responsible - so people run amoke have a bad attitude and so what values does this teach ?

          What happens when they go to work - they get fired for attitude - plus they have spent so much of their class room time watching a side show of kids playing up they didn’t do their lessons .....  

          Sadly the Sisters are no more but I sent my daughter to a convent - no beats but very strong values and discipline.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Ladies, I know we all get caught up with the ways or says of the world and we all have been there some time of another but to answer the question NO! we Christians should NOT use these such things...

          In the words of James 4:17
          17Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

          also: 13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  

           14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  

           15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  

           16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  

           17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  

           18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
          and last but not least:Let not then your good be evil spoken of (Rom.14:16)



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          Jenz ~ wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Should anyone?



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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Jenz,

          That could be another post.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • Right! lol



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          Deb Darby wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I’m a Christian, and I try to follow both passages mentioned by Coach and Neicy. I also try to constantly have an awareness that God is with me, and I’ll have silent conversations with Him all day long. Sometimes, I guess because it can be fairly common, I’ll say, “Oh, my God!” and honestly, I’m really speaking to and about Him. For the most part, it’s about something shocking or upsetting.



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          Tamra wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • No, should not use such an acronym.  

          I still squirm when someone says “I got screwed” to mean they lost or were taken advantage of.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 10, 2009
        • I like all the answers and examples. Thanks for your input Ladies.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Aug 15, 2009
        • Bernadette, as usual you have valid points, however the WTF the general public uses does not refer to fudge. Once, again I say you have a valid point.  WTH meaning “what the Hell” is not cursing according to the “old” folks.



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          Angell VillafaƱe wrote Aug 22, 2009
        • I agree it’s all in how you define the acronyms...they can mean different things to different people. However, I don’t sit in judgement of people who use acronyms like WTF or LMAO and think “oh they are supposed to be Christians.” Just curious but if you knew of a Christian who was actually using those acronyms would you address it with them? Does it make you feel uncomfortable if you are reading that? I try to write as I actually speak. I consider myself a Christian but occasionally do cuss here or there. I certainly don’t want anyone judging me for it and then questioning my Christianity. I figure there are way worse things I could be doing in my life and if the worse is I cuss a little...oh well. I agree with UK girl in that I don’t like when people use The Lord’s name in vain along with a cuss word, like “Oh my f-ing God!” Hate that!tongue out



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          Tamra wrote Aug 23, 2009
        • Bernadette, actually it does have a sexual connotation.  In my region of the country, when I was a teenager, to screw someone meant to have sex with them.  Did you ever hear the Jimmy Buffet song “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw?”  Lyrics “I just bought a waterbed filled up for me and you!” were definately meant to imply sexual activity. LOL!  So that’s why I cringe even now when I hear that word used in a different context.  It was first meant to suggest copulation!  So that’s what first comes to mind when I hear it.



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