"But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving" (Ephesians 5:3-4).
About forty years ago I copied these verses on a poster and hung it on the wall of the stairwell leading to the school mailboxes at a Christian college. The entire student body came down those steps at least once a day.
The effect on some of the students surprised me. Until that time, they had thought that using the Lord’s name in vain was the only form of profanity. They carefully avoided it while participating in other kinds of dirty talk. This told me that they did not read the Bible completely, carefully, or often, nor did they read it with the anticipation of finding some undiscovered truth to obey. If this text catches you like it caught them, perhaps you need some help in your Scripture reading. Join the #TotheWord Bible Reading Challenge at TotheWord.com.