August 24, 2020

Don’t Take God’s Name in Vain

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” – Exodus 20:7 If you went to Christian or Catholic school, it’s very possible that you memorized the Ten Commandments. If so, you probably learned that the third commandment — the one that says that you shouldn’t take the Lord’s Name in vain — means that you shouldn’t use it to swear or cuss. While I think this is true, and it’s very unbecoming of Christians (or anyone for that matter) to use God’s Name to curse something or someone, I don’t believe this is the only application of the directive. You see, when the Lord gave His people the authority to carry His Name, He was inviting them to reflect the essence of His character. Nowhere in ancient history was there a God like Yahweh —

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