You want to know what I’ve never gotten used to? I’ll tell ya anyway. It’s people using the Lord’s name in vain. I mean good golly great balls of fire! It’s downright ridiculous! It’s everywhere. My friends say it. TV and movies use it like it’s the coolest word on the block. You seriously can’t watch a movie without someone using God’s name in a derogatory manner. I used to use it. Although it’s rare, from time to time, it will still slip out of my mouth. I ain’t perfect.
I got to thinking about this issue a couple years ago.
Must have been the Spirit. No, not my new dog named Spirit, the Holy Spirit. But regardless of what it was, I starting asking questions. Like…is it really a big deal? Am I just being some legalistic Pharisee? Does God really care if I use His name in a derogatory way? I know Christianity ain’t a list of do’s and dont’s, but doesn’t Jesus want us to do what He says?
To figure this out, I went where all people go. Dr. Phil. Not really. I went where we all should go, God. I opened His Word and tried to figure it out for myself. Wait a minute! Did you know it’s one the Ten Commandments? I’m sure you did. Of course it is. I knew that too. But for some reason it didn’t register (dern head balls).
Okay. So if it’s in the Ten Commandments it must be important right?
Yes. God reveals its importance just simply by placing it in there. The Third Commandment is recorded in Exodus 20:7, and says, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” All of the Ten Commandments are important. But God places revering His name at number three. Dawgon, that must mean it’s perdy dern important.
Let me back track a bit.
I tried to intelligently tie a personal anecdote to preface this topic, but I begrudgingly had to scrap it because it made no sense. None whatsoever. I say begrudgingly because it’s 9:54 p.m. on the blog’s due date. I had to rewrite half of it. Which ain’t easy for me. I have to have pure-tee revelations from God to make any sense. But hallelujah, I’m so glad I didn’t turn in what I had. Lord, I need you to speak to me. Now! I didn’t have time to waste. So I dialed in and got right after it.
Guess what? I had no real idea what the Third Commandment meant.
Well not completely. I thought saying God damnit and Jesus Christ when something went wrong about summed it up. Feel wrong even typing that. Nope. I was wrong. They are no-no’s. And too many of us use them. But I had a whole lot more to learn on this topic.
Profanity is not the only way to break this command.
As representatives of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20), we carry His name. We are His children. He is our God and Father. This is an inexplicably great privilege and honor. We don’t just use or take His name in the things we say, but also in the things we do. So, simply put, if we don’t act or speak in a manner worthy of Him, we are taking His name in vain. WOW! Now that’s humbling. What a horrible job I do.
And sadly, no matter how hard we try, we are all utterly hopeless at keeping it. Just another reason to be thankful that Jesus came to do what we never could. Live a perfect life and die for our sins to make us right with God! Thank you Jesus!
I figured it out. [tweetthis]If it’s a big deal to God, then it’s a big deal to me.[/tweetthis]
But just in case you struggle with a foul mouth. I got some funky alternatives that might help you break the habit. They’ve helped me.
Dawgonnit. Dern it. Dagnabbit. Dagummit. Fudge. Shucks. Gobstopper. By Golly G Funk. Good Golly Mitchell.
Let your imagination run wild with this. People might take notice of your strange words. They might say, “Hey Jimbo, What the heck is dagummit? And why do you say that?”
There you have it on a silver platter. An invitation to tell them about the glorious news of Jesus! You can change lives and the world by simply changing your speech.