No Cussing Club

McKay Hatch was an eighth grader when he started a “No Cussing Club” at his school. Today, the No Cussing Club has 20,000 members in all 50 states and 30 different countries around the world. Hatch has been interviewed on TV by Jay Leno, Dr. Phil, Ryan Seacrest and many more. He has also had death threats, had his web site hacked and his address posted online, and someone even sent prostitutes to his house. But McKay refuses to be intimidated away from doing the right thing.

This worldwide movement began when Hatch just got tired of people cussing around him. He told his friends that “If you want to hang around me, I don’t want to hear cussing. And they stopped, and the idea spread. Hatch says that he wants to next go after violence—“Most fights start with words—cussing at each other and making each other angry.”

Hatch told CNN Nicole Lapin that his club was about treating people with civility and respect. He said, "It's about talking to people with civility like you said, and making people feel good about themselves and talking to people with respect. That all starts with your words and how you choose to use them." Words are far more powerful than we sometimes realize. Words that we toss off as meaningless can impact others in ways we don’t realize. James 3:5-8 says—

5 The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

The amazing part of the story of “No Cussing Club” story is how it started with one middle school student and has spread all over the world. When we do the right thing, it has an impact on others. Sometimes that impact can be seen. More often, the impact is in small and hidden ways that later “raise a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:18).