Why is it that people take the Lord’s name in vain so much?
Even non-believers can be heard exclaiming God’s name and the name of Jesus like they were cussing.
I’ll tell you why, there’s POWER in the name of Jesus. There’s POWER in merely saying, “God,” so much so, that even those without the Holy Spirit feel it when they speak it.
Saying the F-word isn’t against the Ten Commandments, yet that’s less acceptable in our culture than taking the Lord’s name in vain.
Our hearts have hardened to it.
We are desensitized to hearing such a sin, because it’s the first way the enemy sneaks in to degrade our society.
Think about it, there’s not a film rating against taking the Lord’s name in vain, but there is for the F-word…
Most Christians will sit and watch a movie, completely aghast if a character says a curse word, but won’t even flinch if they defile the name of our Savior!
Meh, that’s no big deal, because of grace, right?
Then why get upset against the F-word?
Which is worse?
Every Christian knows the answer to that…
Taking the Lord’s name in vain is like the gateway drug to sin.
Next, it’s ignoring the Sabbath.
Then, it’s coveting. Envy spreads like wildfire.
Honoring parents? Please, those old fools don’t deserve respect!
Lying becomes the smart thing to do, and before you know it, adultery is a right.
Theft becomes the social norm. After all, it’s all insured right?
What’s to stop murder from being acceptable?
Oh, it already is.
See the point?
Why get upset about murder, if you’re okay with taking the Lord’s name in vain?
One is just a word right, the other, an action. What’s the big deal?
Yes, Jesus died for all of our sins, but that’s not an excuse to willfully break God’s law every chance we get.
“Saved by Grace,” doesn’t mean you can continuously disobey God, just because you can say, “Sorry,” afterwards.
If God is just, then why would he be okay with that?
He knows our hearts, our secrets, and our deepest thoughts. We can’t hide our intentions from him.
The guidelines God gave us were to protect us, and make us happier. Not the other way around.
Murder carries the high price tag of guilt most can never escape, on top of the earthly consequences that must be paid.
Lying is hard to keep up with, and makes the liar untrustworthy, and even despised by others.
Learning from the wisdom of our parents helps us become wiser.
The envious are never happy.
No matter what you steal, you live with knowing you didn’t earn it.
Sleeping around creates unwanted babies and harmful STDs.
Idolatry makes the person worshiping what a mortal has made foolish, and miserable.
Finally, taking the Lord’s name in vain prevents the person from experiencing the true power of God in their lives.
Like everything else, there’s always a counterfeit.
A minor dopamine hit that fades into regret as quickly as it came.
While the genuine, often unpopular amongst mankind, is where the true satisfaction resides.
Stop chasing your tail by following the shallow trends of mortals, and rekindle yourselves with the love of God.
Christians, it’s time to get appalled when you hear His name taken in vain. Not for cancel culture, but for the cultivating of your soul!
I am the LORD you God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD you God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parent upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. You must not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day, no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys and other livestock, and any foreigners living among you. All your male and female servants must rest as you do. Remember that you were once slaves in Egypt, but the LORD your God brought you out with his strong hand and powerful arm. That is why the LORD your God has commanded you to rest on the Sabbath day. Honor your father and mother, as the LORD your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you. You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife. You must not covet your neighbor’s house or land, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor. Deuteronomy 6:6-21
Yes, the grace of what Jesus did on the cross is big enough to cancel any sin, but your sake, follow God’s laws and reap the rewards.