First of all, let’s establish right away that I am not talking about taking the Lord’s name in vain. Nor am I talking about using swear words in a vulgar or disrespectful fashion, like referring to sex as the F-word (which demeans sex, which is sacred).
If swearing, aside from these two obvious contexts, is sinful, then why?
I get that we’re not supposed to be vulgar according to certain scriptures, but we must define “vulgar” from a moral standpoint. Is there something inherently morally vulgar about certain syllables? If so, why? If vulgarity is dependent upon social definitions and contexts, however, then doesn’t this mean that it matters who you would swear around or how you use the words, but not necessarily if you swear? After all, if present company does not find certain words vulgar or offensive and you’re not using the language in a hateful or demeaning way, then it would be arbitrary, it seems to me, to call using swear words inherently “vulgar” in the morally prohibited sense of the word.
Some may ask “WHY use those words if other words are available?” but that’s irrelevant, unless we have first concluded that the words are inherently bad compared to other words and therefore to be shunned–regardless of context or company–unless there were absolutely no other word available…
Another question I find especially interesting: IF you think swearing is a sin, venial or otherwise, do you do it anyway, even in contexts where you could easily avoid it? If you do it in front of people, and you think it’s wrong, do you make an apology for it? Because if you think something is wrong, it seems to me you ought to “call yourself out” on it if you do it in front of others, lest you give scandal. So if you do think swearing is wrong, do you ever do it in front of other people without apology? Why?
If you vote, it will also be helpful to know how you voted.
Blessings in Christ,