Anger2You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)


The name of God is holy and reverend. A lot of folk do not think so from what is heard and seen on social media. It is not uncommon to hear people use language that dishonors the Lord. Cursing the name of the Creator goes from blatant foul language to socially accepted use of His name in vain. The real danger comes from the children of God cursing their Father’s name with terms like OMG (Oh my God) or more direct use of the name God in various formats. Misguided souls think as long as they do not ‘curse’ the name of God in the obvious language of cursing they are safe to use the name of the Lord in any other fashion. Wrong! The Lord will require judgment upon all who use His name in a flippant manner.

There was a case among the people of Israel where two men got into a fight. One was the son of a woman from the tribe of Dan whose husband was Egyptian. The woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord and cursed. He was brought to Moses to determine what must be done. The Lord told Moses to take the young man outside the camp and to require all those who heard him curse the name of the Lord lay their hands on his head and then stone him with stones. And they did. The penalty under the Law of Moses for blaspheming the name of the Lord was death. While the Law of Moses is no longer binding God’s view of His name is unchanged.

God’s name is to be feared because His name is who He is. Using His name in a vain manner insults the character of the holiness of the Lord. One of His names is THE LORD YOUR GOD. This name is to be feared. It is a glorious name and is awesome. Another name of the Lord is JEALOUS because He is a jealous God. All through scripture the Lord God Almighty reminds us that His name is not to be used in a vain fashion. Because the world approves of this kind of language does not suggest God does.

It must be made clear that using God’s name in vain does not limit itself to speaking but also what we hear. The world of media has no honor for the name of God. Television shows will use God’s name constantly in many forms. Movies will use God’s name in cursing. We have become desensitized to how God’s name is used and will watch show after show that decries the name of God. People of God will mention movies they have seen where the name of God is cursed. Have we decided the Lord allows a certain number of times for His name to be cursed before He gets angry? If you knew a movie you were going to watch used God’s name ONCE as a curse – would you watch it? Sadly many brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ will. When God declared His name holy and His name should not be taken in vain He did not allow latitude. Movies, television shows, music or books that use foul language including the socially accepted use of God’s name in vain (like OMG) should not be on the list of a child of God. He will not hold His children innocent. Pretending like you did not hear it does not make it go away.

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. (Jesus)

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