September 29, 2008

None will be held guiltless....

"You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." Deuteronomy 5:11

The 3rd Commandment presented to Moses on Mt. Sinai. We often say to our kids do not use the name of the Lord in vain, don't use it as a cuss word. We have a majestical God who created each hair on our heads, all the beauty in nature, the Ancient of Days, the I Am Who I Am, and our society uses the name God like it is nothing. We hear it on television, in the grocery store, on the playground, people using the name of God profanely. Many of our ancestors out of reverence for God never spoke the name out loud, never wrote it down, as their lips were not even worthy to say the name of God, nor their pens to write. We have moved from a humble people centuries ago who revered God, to a people who use His name profanely in a text message like it is nothing. That is what this rant is exactly about, OMG. Does anyone else cringe when they see this? In our day and age we have even given a text to profaning God's holy name. May God have mercy on us as a people.

Last night I was in bible class and the speaker on the video was saying that before she gave her life to Christ that it would not be unusual for her to hear the name of Jesus Christ used profanely 100 times a day, and she never gave any thought to it. She accepted Christ as her Savior and that changed. I don't remember exactly what she said, but what I feel when I hear the Lord's name in vain is pain inside. Physical pain, sharp and quick. I think the Holy Spirit in me is cringing and that is flowing into my being. In the past I have stopped at the comma in my recollection of the scripture above and that is what I quoted, but Stormie O'Martian brought up the fact that you actually bring a curse on yourself when you use the name of the Lord profanely, a curse from God, He will not hold anyone guiltless that misuses His name.

I made sure my kids knew the EXACT meaning of the OMG, because the use of the word "anyone" above surely includes my pre-teens who are learning to text. I would not allow any of my kids to use profanity, but there is no word worse than the name of the Lord in vain. Convict our hearts and the hearts of our children that Your name is Holy and only to be praised.

5 comments:

Sarah said...

And another thing ... (may I join you on your soapbox)... just as, in the South, we don't call it gossip if we say "Bless their heart", we think we're not swearing if we say, "Dear Lord!" Excuse me? Are you trying to start a prayer? Are you speaking TO my Lord or are you abusing His name? Cause if you're talking TO Him, FIX YOUR TONE! And if you're not -- change your wording!!!

That is all. I agree. It is worse than fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

Tammy M. said...

Sarah you are absolutely right.

The Walters' Family said...

The fact that the Lord has anything to do with us is utterly amazing.

Journeying said...

Amen and Amen!
The misuse of God's name is so much more painful to me than the use of any other "cuss" words and especially so when the guilty one is a good sister or brother.
And Amen to Sarah as well - fix the tone or change the wording!

Allison Connor said...

This has always been something that has been on my heart as well. I have struggled with it b/c of my human self, but it pains me when I hear it or the few times I know that I have been guilty too. I am so glad that you are taking a stand with your kids. That was my hardest time...ms and hs...I said "oh my goodness" and I got noticed for it and teased, but to me it was about my relationship with the Father. Again, I am not free of guilt on this matter, but if we don't tell people who will...it is so common even in chruch to hear those words uttered! Thanks Tammy for pointing this out!