I am not a fan of swearing and I am not advocating it, as a general rule I don’t swear, but annoys the cack out of me when Christians get legalistic about it.
It took some ‘missionary sheltered kid’ getting used to certain friends ‘flipping the bird’ regularly at each other – at the risk of sounding well, I don’t know what, it is purely in jest/for fun and really hurts absolutely no one.
It amused me when my parents adopted the rare ‘crap’ into their repertoire. I use ‘crap’ now and then, I don’t particularly like it when I do but it’s not really the point (and ‘crap’ is pretty tame really).
This is the point: it angers me when someone in a semi-leadership position pulls an appropriately used emphatic ‘swear’ word out of what someone has written and makes an issue of it. AND When Christians make a bigger deal out of someone dropping in an unwanted word than they do about Christians being apathetic about unwanted people (as just one fractionally cliched but very real example).
Some words offensive 30 years ago now are commonplace terms. Where can you cross the line and extend the language and take liberties? Like it or not, English – a pathetically complicated language to start with, is evolving, or… devolving. Quoting Shakespeare is now a far less effective way to put across a point, although much more beautiful.
“You taught me language, and my profit on’t Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!“ – William Shakespeare