I used to be a bit credulous to any studies that researchers or various scientists claim to be a “new discovery.” But now, I am a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon until there is more replicable research done on the matter. In fact, that is a criterion of a good research… the results can be reproduce.
In the midst of all the great discoveries through research, there were some that violate integrity and trust with the public.
Back in the 90’s when they said that they found a “gay gene” that links to people’s propensity for homosexual tendencies, people were all excited about trying to justify or explain themselves. But then it was later discovered that the main researcher had an “agenda” and was a homosexual. Now they are trying to start up a new research to (once again) prove that there is a link to sexual orientation with genetics.
How about the most recent one with Woo-Suk Hwang who claimed to have created human embryonic stem cells by cloning back in 2004. But only to be discovered (pun intended) that a large amount of his research was based on fabricated data.
Or like when they found that drinking one cup of coffee was actually good for you. I was pretty excited about this finding, but somewhere in the back of my mind I was wondering if Folgers or Starbucks funded the research 🙂
This is why when I read an article about a new research that states, ”Swearing at Work Eases Stress, Boosts Team Spirit,” I chuckled. Supposedly, using profanity will help deal with stress in the workplace.
I love the line in the article that said, “Managers need to understand how their staff feels about swearing. The challenge is to master the art of knowing when to turn a blind eye to communication that does not meet with their own standards.”
Hmm… “own standards”? How about God’s standards?
“Do not let any unwholesome talk (“corrupt communication” in the KJV) come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph 4:29).
In this world, I realized that it is sometimes “cool” to swear as a Christian. It is all about being “real” and “authentic.” Some would even use profanity in the name of “relating” with the secular world.
I am just wondering what Jesus would have said to any of His followers. Well, in Mark 7:18, 20-23, Jesus said, “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? He went on: ‘What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’”