Exodus 20:7– You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain (AMP).
Most Christians cringe when they hear profanity in the world. “In the old days,”the misuse of God’s name seemed to come only from hard living, tough-looking fellows standing on street corners. Now, even television makeover shows end with the owners examining their newly-renovated spot and thoughtlessly crying out, “Oh my God.” My husband insists that those programs need to rename themselves the “Oh, My God Show.”
Common usage of brand names like Jell-O and Kleenex, may cause them to become generic terms for gelatin and tissues. Just so, God’s name is being used inappropriately, everywhere by almost everyone.
Make no mistake. God is not and will never be generic. He has strict standards for the use of His name. Let’s carefully examine our mouths. Are we using God’s name inappropriately? Do we stand quietly by while others do so?
Psalm 141:3– Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips (MSG).
Prayer: Lord God Almighty, forgive us for the times we have foolishly misused your name. Forgive us for once again falling into the ways of the world. And Lord, give us courage to speak up when others do the same. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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