As a resident of the greater Philadelphia area, I understand the passion of Philly fans. Although the main stream media continues to accuse them of throwing snow balls at Santa Claus, most season ticket holders wear their emotions on their sleeves. If you add alcohol to a bad call or break, thoughts become verbalized. Thus, if you attend an Eagles game on a Sunday, God’s name may be used in a slightly different context than church. Phrases such as “Jesus Christ, God dam it and Holy bleep” are reactions to a sporting event beyond their control.
Outside of the realm of sports, there is another topic of conversation. If someone begins to experience a string of bad luck, loses in life or turmoil, God is usually the first to be blamed. The Old Testament nature of God leads individuals to believe God is punishing them for something done in their past. Yet, when the tide turns toward blessings, praise and rewards for hard work, there is a tendency for adults to take the credit. Either forgetting or overshadowing God’s role, glory is often stolen by selfish souls.
Regardless of where you find yourself on this spectrum, the majority will agree that today’s language is merely a byproduct of a fallen generation. Society has accepted the idea that words need to be spoken, even if people are hurt. Twitter feeds this notion, giving disgruntled followers a platform to voice their opinion. Nonetheless, God is more than a curse word or punch line for a comedian. Rather, Hebrews 4:12-13 reveals that everything will be uncovered, brought to the light, as everyone will have to give an account of what they’ve done and the words they have spoken.
by Jay Mankus