TAKING GOD’S NAME IN VAIN

God is quite strict regarding the honor of his name.  In fact it is so important, it is included as one of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:7).  “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”    Can we think that we can casually, callously, and carelessly throw around His name just because we are in the “day of grace?”  I think not!  As Paul declared in Rom. 6:1,2a, “What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.”

    One way to take a name in vain is to lie and swear falsely such as would be done by a witness swearing on the Bible in a court or to use any phrase similar to “as God is my witness.”  Lev. 19:12 gives this command, “And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God; I am the Lord.” 

How might one profane the name of God?

  1. When using it in any form as an expression of a negative emotion. As in swearing his name when you hit your thumb with a hammer or when learning that a bill collector is ringing your doorbell.
  2. Christians should not use God’s name when trying to give advice or counsel to others. Some might claim to have an insight from God when they are really only trying to manipulate one to do or not do a certain thing. Such as “I feel like the Lord would want you to step out in faith and look for a new job.” Or me telling my grandson “I feel like the Lord would like for you to marry that girl you met last year.” 😀
  3. We can even profane the name of God by singing songs of praise from insincere lips and hearts.
  4. We profane God’s name when we swear an oath, fully aware that we are not going to do what we claim. We associate that with courts of law or making a pledge. In my church background we had a practice of bringing a baby for dedication to the Lord, promising to do all we can as parents to see that that child is taught in word and deed to walk right before God. Many times that was only to show off the beautiful newborn without real determination to take the child to church and teach it about God in daily practice.
  5. We can also profane his name by making it too commonplace. As we might tend to do by saying “God bless you” or “I’ll pray for you” without sincerity.

I had a neighbor long ago who asked me to pray for him as we were standing in the front yard. He was concerned about a negative diagnosis regarding his eyes. I took his hand there on the spot and prayed. He was surprised. He often referred to that incident. I’m telling you that because I know I’m not good at adding “I’ll pray for you on Facebook requests.” I’m forgetful and careless. So I prefer to stop on the spot, pray, then say, “I’ve prayed for you.” A lot of you can remember or keep requests on a prayer list. Bless you.

    How sad for sons and daughters to denigrate the name of their fathers – most notably the children of God bringing dishonor to their holy and reverend Father.  I remember when Sammy used to tell our sons to “remember who you are.”  Of course, the implication was to remember your family name – don’t dishonor your name.

    God is solicitous of his reputation.  We are to pray, “Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name….”

     How differently Jesus and the Prodigal represented their fathers’ names!  When one considers the authority, the characterization, the reputation that is given to the child in his father’s name, one can glimpse why God’s name is so important to Him.


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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16 Responses to TAKING GOD’S NAME IN VAIN

  1. grAnnie Roo says:

    Do NOT get me started on how people use “OMG”, or say the two words and I Am ad nauseam as if it’s nothing but a catch phrase. It’s the main reason my screen entertainment is so very limited. But then, on the other hand, it generates immeasurable amount of prayer for people, particularly churched people who should know better…

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good description of the many ways to take the Lord’s name in vain, more ways than I realized.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I think a lot of Christians would cringe at their/our guilt. God can wink at the behavior of sinners in ways that he will not to his own people. Fortunately it can be forgiven at the cross.

  3. I know I have been so bad over the years with my careless words…even letting off a “Good Lord” over something I can’t believe and as you say, worse when I’ve whacked my head on something.
    There was a small little old book that my Godmother gave me years ago..The Taming of the Tongue by Elaine Murray Stone– first published in 1954.
    I find that I must pull it out from time to time–
    I think it’s time to pull it out again…

  4. Faye says:

    Using the name of Jesus, Christ and even the spin off “bloody’ a form of ancient ridicule about the spilt blood of Christ are all blasphemy. OMG and Other silly additives like HOLY MACKERAL! are silly habits and need to be cautioned by teachers and parents, Unnecessary and not God honouring phrases. Constant repentance is the only way to keep our tongues from being dangerous.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I had never known why “bloody” was a curse word. Thanks for the info. When I was young and had a small boy, I called him a “rascal.” Sammy got very upset with me. Can you enlighten me why that word was a no-no to my Englishman?

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  6. I’m glad you included the part about using God’s name when giving advice. I’ve never really thought of it that way before.

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