Kingdom Corner: Are You Taking the Lord's Name in Vain?
Many people think that taking the Lord's name in vain refers to cursing and swearing, but does it? Is there something more that goes along with taking His name in vain? There is. This week we will discuss that.
This is a no-brainer. People who use profanity with "God" anywhere in the sentence are breaking God's heart by using His name in a thoughtless, careless manner. It should come as no surprise, then, that God and Jesus sometimes answer the curses that someone spits out of his or her mouth. If you condemn something with God's name, you are asking for trouble. For God can and will "damn" something if you continually ask for it. So, be careful with what you say. It can come back to haunt you.
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:6 NLT.
Besides, no one wants to be around someone who continuously curses. It is rude and obnoxious. There's always that one friend that makes sailors look like paragons of virtue. It also shows the limitations of one's vocabulary when all they do is continually curse. It is not cool or hip. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Others do not want to be around the cursing person because they are afraid he or she will blurt out curses in front of polite company. If this is you, please be more considerate of others and keep your cursing to yourself. Better yet, ask Christ to help you stop altogether. Let him help you stop your cursing.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesian 4:29 NIV.
What does swearing mean exactly? Most people consider it cursing, but it is not. Swearing means making an oath to someone based on God. Basically, you swear to God or Jesus that you will do or won't do something. When you do this, you are making an oath to the Lord that you cannot back out of or it will be seen as sinful.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45. NIV.
When Israel continually broke covenant oaths with God they were punished. God would remove His hedge of protection from them and allow their enemies to attack them and win. That is how serious this is. Don't go making oaths on God or Christ. It can turn out extremely bad for you. Not to mention, if you make an oath using the Lord and don't keep it, the person you made the oath with will have an adverse outlook on Christians as a whole. Plus, your reputation will be ruined, and we all know what happens when that news travels around. You would get blacklisted from ever making a deal again.
When you pray, you can be taking the Lord's name in vain by merely praying for only rewards. If you pray for only material wealth or other superficial things you are taking the Lord's name in vain. You are treating Him just like Santa Claus. God will fulfill your needs, and your wants. He showers blessings on His followers. You also have to be blessable. If you are not holding up your end of the bargain by being immersed in the Word and in love with God, then don't expect blessings.Another way fake prayer is demonstrated is by those who do not believe and get themselves into a horrible situation only to pray to God to get them out of it. You have heard the saying "There are no Atheists in the foxholes." Your heart has to be in the right spot or it won't work. God rescues those who love Him. God also forgives those who ask for it. Make that your prayer instead. Then make a binding covenant with the Lord to always follow Him no matter how tough it gets.These are just a few examples of how you can take the Lord's name in vain. I hope they have helped you understand that God's name is Holy and to use it correctly.