Profanity Epidemic In America

It’s sad to see that America is becoming a nation of foul mouthed, cursing, swearing, profanity spewing citizens. I have no idea what it’s like in the rest of the world but in the United States swearing is as common as breathing.

I don’t remember it always being like this. Most of us outgrow foul language. Some of us revert to it when we get really angry. But what is this culture we’re living in now where people drop F bombs constantly during casual conversation? From breakfast to bedtime we’re using profanity to punctuate the most mundane conversation. Profanity seems to be one of the only ways many people are able to make a point anymore. Throw a few expletives in between words and everyone around you gets that you mean what you’re saying?

Rather than choose from dozens of possible descriptive adjectives to talk about the meal they’re eating these people seem stuck on a couple well worn words that are used over and over again ad nauseam.

Yeah, I’m kind of getting tired of it- I’m tired of hearing people swear all the time! It’s hard to go anywhere where there’s people around and not hear profanity. If it’s not coming out of their mouths, it’s on their T-shirts! Oh, and don’t bother reading the comments section online if you don’t want to wade through verbal trash. Movies? Cable TV? It’s the chicken and the egg thing- Have we gotten this way from them, or are they simply mirroring us?

Some CD’s have warning stickers and certain song downloads are labeled explicit but we all know what a joke that is. Don’t you love it when someone drives up beside you rapping 110 decibel vulgarity?

Freedom of speech! Yup, we have that here in America. The real question is “Why are we using our freedom to be base? Why aren’t we aiming higher?”

“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” -Matthew 12:34-35 

Jesus says, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

That’s not a very good indication of where we’re at as a nation, is it? The rampant profanity that seems to have infected us is a sign and symptom of something much worse. We have a “heart problem”. We are a nation that is fleeing from God. We are becoming more and more secular and are proud of it. This rejection of God is happening at an alarming rate. The spiritual fabric that once held us together is unraveling and our speech is just one indication of the direction we’ve taken.