“O sons of men, how long will my honor and glory be [turned into] shame? How long will you [my enemies] love worthless (vain, futile) things and seek deception and lies? Selah.“
How many times in your life have you heard someone call out God’s name when they were not praying, and you or heard someone else tell that person not to take God’s name in vain? Or maybe YOU are the one that constantly calls out God’s name and are told that you are guilty of “taking the LORD’s name in vain.” For the longest time, I could not figure out why the LORD would be mad at the fact that someone would call out HIS name, and consider it a sin!?!?! This just did not make sense to me! Even now, it is becoming an aggravation knowing that people would instill this misconception in the mind of many, only because they do not understand what the concept of what “taking the Lord’s name in vain” truly entails.
When reading Proverbs 30:7-9, the author tells God that he only has one request for he Lord. The request is that the LORD doesn’t allow him to be too rich to the point that the man doesn’t rely on God. The second part of the request was not to let the author to be too poor, that he should have to steal to eat, and TAKE THE LORD’s NAME IN VAIN.
What was that???!!?? Did we see that right? If so, that means that if we are doing things that do not line up with what the Word of God instructs us to do and call ourselves Christians, or children of God, then we are taking the Lord’s name in vain! I know of several Christian people who are employed in construction and labor jobs, who tell me they would much rather work for NON-Christians than they would Christians. Why? Because the Christians do not want to pay for the labor that has been done for them so they either pick the laborers work apart to where they pay hardly anything; or they claim the work was not what they wanted and refuse to pay for it. I have known of some to agree to the terms of the work contract, then after the work is done, they tell the person, the LORD wants them to BLESS them so they will not have to pay for it!! REALLY??
There are other things that some people do while CLAIMING to be Christians. Things that are ABSOLUTELY not pleasing to the Lord. I have seen Christian brothers and sisters are backstabbing each other. We have had people come to our church claiming they want to be in the Lord’s service and clean the church. When we come in the following Sunday, we find that these people who have gained our trust by coming to the church for a while, instead of cleaning up the church, they cleaned the church out!! Toilet paper, money, food from the pantry, kitchen utensils and many other items were missing. Calling themselves Christians who are not living a godly lifestyle is an INSULT to the Lord, because that is definitely NOT how God would want us to conduct ourselves. So, just to be clear, this is TAKING THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN. The actions of someone calling themselves a Christian SPEAKS VOLUMES!
Until next time . . . Be blessed!