Billy Graham: Bible commands us not to use unwholesome language
By BILLY GRAHAM
DEAR DR. GRAHAM: What is your definition of cursing and swearing? I admit I picked up a lot of bad language when I was in the service, and I've tried to stop now that I've become a Christian. But where do I draw the line between bad language and language that's not so bad? -- D.S.
DEAR D.S.: Swearing is the use of any language that uses God's name in a thoughtless or harsh way. Cursing includes judging another person in language that only God can rightfully use (e.g., when we condemn someone to Hell).
Although the use of God's name in casual conversation has become very common today, the Bible calls us to a much higher standard. One of the Ten Commandments declares, "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name" (Exodus 20:7).
Why is this? One reason is because swearing and cursing show disrespect for God. If someone used your name in a disrespectful or mocking way, it wouldn't only upset you, but also it would show they were unconcerned about you or even despised you. In a far greater way, when we use the name of God casually, it indicates we are unconcerned about Him or may even despise Him. The Bible says, "Above all, my brothers, do not swear" (James 5:12).
Don't try to draw a line between what is bad and what isn't so bad. Instead, ask God to help you avoid all language that is crude or disrespectful, either of God or of others. The Bible says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up" (Ephesians 4:29).
I know that people don't appreciate harsh criticism, but perhaps the person cares more about your life than you think. Whatever his/her motives are, please keep in mind that your life is meant to glorify God