As much as we Christians proclaim our love for the LORD, sometimes some of us can be very casual and compromising in how we refer to God or His holiness.
God takes using His name in vain and blasphemy very seriously. Check out Exodus Chapter 20 verse 7 in these translations…
Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Exodus 20:7 (NLT)
7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
Exodus 20:7 (MSG)
7 No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name.
Now look at what Jesus says about blaspheming the Holy Spirit…
Mark 3:28-30 (NKJV)
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Mark 3:28-30 (MSG)
28-30 “Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.” He gave this warning because they were accusing him of being in league with Evil.
We must remember that God’s ‘name’ goes beyond a combination of vowels and consonants, but his very authority, nature, essence and character.
Being baptized “In the NAME of Jesus” is really being baptized in the AUTHORITY of Jesus…
Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the [a]remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Notice that according to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word here (onoma) means AUTHORITY OR CHARACTER.
So, we must be very careful when not just referring to God, but also to His character, holiness and Son.
God is Holy and He requires that we strive to be holy…
1 Peter 1:16 (NKJV)
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
GOD DOESN NOT CRAP!
We must never take the ‘Name’, “Character” or “Holiness” of God casually or comically…never.
Not only should never say, write, type, sing, expressions and comical alternate spellings referring to God, but we should also never acknowledge or laugh when someone else does.
Here are a few I’ve seen or heard…
HOLY CRAP! ( We all know what crap is, and God doesn’t crap)
HOLY S**T! (Ditto)
LAWD HAM MERCY! (Do you really talk like this?)
LORD HAVE MERCY! (When your aren’t sincerely asking for mercy)
GOOD GOD! (Said casually and not in reverence)
OH MY GOD!
HALLELUYER! (Jah is the part of this word that is actually God’s name)
HALLELUHAH (In songs or situations when you aren’t actually giving God praise, such as Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk” when they lyrics are “hallelujah” shortly after saying “hot damn” in the same song”
JEEZUZ! ( And we all know how disrespectful people get without me writing it)
JESUS H. CHRIST! (Really?)
FOR CHRIST’S SAKES!
GD (You know what this is)
OMG (Even If claim to mean OH MY GOSH, Gosh is a euphemism for God.
How many of these irreverent phrases do you know?
Let’s us not decide for God what is a big deal and what’s not. Notice what God says through the prophet Ezekiel about matters the people considered trivial or small…
Ezekiel 8:17 (NKJV)
17 And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose.
Ezekiel 8:17 (MEV)
17 Then He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence and have continually provoked Me to anger. And they put the branch to their nose.
And, please remember what Jesus said about every idle word that we speak…
Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)
36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
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