When did Profanity become Acceptable?

Frankly my dear...                                                                                                                                           

We don't even have to complete the sentence as nearly everyone knows the rest of the phrase by heart. It was scandalous when first uttered in 1939, but scandal sells so well... in America. The voices of concern were drowned out by the "adult" voices of that era (insisting that those offended should just grow up) and that hole in the dyke of virtue has since become a tidal wave that has flooded our society with every type of unholy and profane speech imaginable.

When I was a kid, Beaver Cleaver would have been skinned for the mildest profanity, Opie Taylor would have been banned from Mayberry, and Father Knows Best would have been promptly cancelled had father or mother uttered just one of the words that are so frequently heard in the popular "family" shows of our era. Even today's conservative news and talk show hosts would have been banned from the airwaves just a few short years ago, for the type of language that passes for the commonplace in our modern, "grown up" society.

What has happened to us? What has happened is that we have become numb. Even some of our public school teachers, coaches and many of our college professors find it difficult to construct a simple sentence without spicing it up with a choice word or two.  Once a language reserved for the most base of men, profanity is now the playground for many of our teen aged daughters and the proving ground of the modern business woman.

It is time, I believe, for a change. Perhaps we should consider if profanity is the type of language that we would use in the presence of the Lord (and He is in our presence, you know). Perhaps we should once again respect one another, and maybe even have a bit more respect for ourselves. Perhaps it is time to clean up our language again and just grow up.

You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Col. 3:7-8, NIV