There is a growing tension that exists between men and women. As sexual harassment accusations continue to come forward daily from previous encounters, common interactions that were once considered the norm must be re-evaluated. The days of coarse joking, innuendos and sarcasm may be over as someone from the opposite sex could be offended by what you thought was funny.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear, Ephesians 4:29.
The Bible provides instructions for those sensing that a change needs to be made. In a letter to the church at Ephesus, the apostle Paul urges individuals to focus on the positive. Despite how difficult it may be to alter your vocabulary, the advice encouraged above isn’t complex. If you want to walk the fine line, focus on only those things that build others up.
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.
When I was in college back in the early 1990’s, a series of rapes had taken place on campus. The university did a study to pin point some of the reasons to explain why this was happening. One report blamed this on poor lighting throughout campus. Female students were so afraid walking alone at night that if you were a guy and said hello or smiled, girls thought you might be a rapist. This atmosphere caused most male students to keep their head downs, avoiding any type of eye contact. It’s sad to see interactions come to this point, but keeping a low profile is another way to walk a fine line.
by Jay Mankus