To what are some, even Christians, yoked. It's contemporary language. In times past even the vile and crude honored the presence of women and gentlemen. Now even children are exposed to modern language.
Gentleman. What in the world is that? It's a cultured person educated in manners and deserving of respect. They are out of vogue for the present being replaced by "bad boys". Women seem to prefer crude paramours over amicable gentlemen. It's a sign of the times because men's (and women's) hearts are after immediate gratification.
I'll give an example of the "yoke" of which I speak. An elderly man in my former church accepted Jesus as Savior. Several months went by and he stood before the church and cried aloud. His words were "I have used bad language all my life and now that I'm a Christian I can't seem to stop." This old guy was addicted to filthy language and cursing. (What we as children called "cussing"). God freed him from bondage, but Satan didn't want to let him go without a fight!
A person can say anything they want to say in their own home and amidst their own kind. Nobody stops them. However, just as with cigarette smokers "second-hand smoke" hurting others; "second-hand yoke" hurts as well! The yoke of which I speak is contemporary filthy talk. Those who don't want to hear it are the recipients of it second-handed.
What are some of these contemporary words. Right now the "F" bomb leads the pack. It's as common, even in the company of women and children, that it has replaced "uh" as the refreshing (sic) pause in sentences. People fire off the F-bomb as fast as an automatic machine gun. It was at one time a word with shock value, but now the shock comes when the braggart fails to use it!
What business is it of mine? I don't want to hear it. It's a "second-hand yoke" because after a barrage of F-bombs, I go to church to pray and my mind is absorbed in F-bombs. How can I pray when Satan is corrupting my mind? I can't!
F-bombs are not using God's name in vain, which by the way, is the second most frequent second-hand yoke" with "OMG" and it's derivatives. What in the world is wrong with F-bombs, then?
Proverbs 30:12 "There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness."There are words when used in context that are not filth. Referring to an "ass" is nothing more than an animal kind. When used as an epithet, it's filth. There are appropriate words to describe a foolish person and appropriate words for a persons posterior. "Ass" is not one of those. Used out of context, it's filth!
Psalm 53:3 "Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
Colossians 3:8 "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."
Likewise, there are appropriate names for copulation. The F-bomb is not one of them! Likewise, the use of it as adjectives, adverbs and nouns is filthy communication. Those standing innocently by do not want their minds corrupted by the ignorance of others! Yes, that's right. People who have limited vocabularies are most likely the ones who use F-bombs to fill the void between ignorant comments!
When I went to the movie American Sniper, I was ashamed to be there! It was filled with F-bombs. First off, I was ashamed that an army from this so-called Christian nation would talk so filthy. (However, I still thank them for protecting me.) What's worse was shame that I was there. Because of extenuating circumstances I wasn't at liberty to walk out, so I closed my mind and eyes to the movie and made a strong attempt to sleep through it. I was still agitated for weeks that I was even there!
George Washington made an order to his army against filthy lucre:
Washington's Order Against ProfanityIt's a different army now because it's a different nation! Filth has infiltrated society and the army is a reflection of that. Who is it that wants filth to be part of our culture? His name is "Filth". His name is Satan.
"The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing, a vice hitherto little known in our American Army is growing into fashion. He hopes that the officers will, by example as well as influence, endeavor to check it and that both they and the men will reflect that we can little hope of the blessing of Heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly. Added to this it is a vice so mean and low without any temptation that every man of sense and character detests and despises it."
(Signed,) George Washington
If you are using the lexicon of darkness you are a pawn of dark forces. Whenever you throw out the F-bomb you have dutifully done the duty assigned to you by Satan. He has mastered you. Even Christians are attempting to serve two masters, and it seems the one they obey is the one who seeks to destroy!
Make a bequest of God right now! Ask him to deliver you from the yoke of filthiness. He can do that and he will! Not only will you be blessed, you will improve your communion with God, develop a better vocabulary and gain the respect of those who hear you!