Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4 ESV)
It is easy to get caught up in this kind of conversation. This is what we often consider humor. Comedians flourish on this kind of speech. Does God want us to refrain from it because he doesn’t like us having fun? Of course not. This kind of speech does typically one of two things. Either it is crass and tears down whet God has created or it appeals to our sinful natures’ desires to make God’s gifts into idols, that is, to abuse them by using them out of their intended context. They subtly appeal to the thrill of the forbidden, just as Augustine pointed out that stolen fruit tastes sweeter in the moment.
Instead we are to give thanks for gifts God gives us to enjoy in life and see them as such. After all, God is the great gift-giver!
Do you ever joke around in crude ways with others? Why do you think it seems so fun?
Give thanks to God for the good things he has given and ask God to help you find out what pleases Him.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 1 Kings 8, Eph 5, Ez 38, Ps 28-29