Silly Talk Meets Coarse Jesting

“…There must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting...” Ephesians 5:4



Harold: “Hahahahaha… yeah he’s a mess.”

Cindy: “I wonder if he’s going to wear that obnoxious shirt again.”

Beth: “Oh man, I sure hope not. He looks like a piece of discarded fruit that melted into a bucket of 1960’s wallpaper when he puts that on!”

[Everyone laughs]

Jack: “Well he’s not gotten any thinner, poor guy …”

Cindy: “Yeah, if he keeps that up he’ll be looking more like a gay penguin in an artic parade!”

[More cackling ensues]

Jack: “No picking up soap at Bud’s house!”

[More laughter]

Harold: “Oh boy, my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard!”

Jack: “You sure?”

[Enter more laughing]

Paul wrote to the saints in Ephesus telling them to “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” (Eph. 4:29) The preceding imaginary snippet is unfortunately too close to what we hear in the church. Let us make a commitment to leap from our doctrine with a better tongue.

“…there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting…” Ephesians 5:4

How has your speech been this week?


About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on July 24, 2006, in Experiential / Application. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This is a necessary post that few have outlined

  2. Your timing is two for two. I had an invitation to post a parody of sorts today, and I declined. There’s funny, then there’s crossing the line. Of late, I think I’ve crossed that line far too often.

    Thanks for this, I do appreciate it.


  3. Getting a little personal, don’t you think?

    Thanks for remaining faithful.


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