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Creator of the universe. Creator. Of. The. Universe. King of kings and Lord of lords. Alpha and Omega. The great I AM. Jehovah. God.
Dude? I don’t think so.
That’s how casual some (many) people have gotten with God’s name. It’s as if He’s just some god as opposed to THE God. We have no problem refraining from pairing His name with a cuss word. That’s a little over the top to go that far.
But do we refrain from using it as part of the phrase ‘OMG’ as typically thrown around in casual conversation? A friend of mine, Rick Osborne of Christian Parenting, used the following idea to teach his children about not misusing the Lord’s name:
Once, to make my point I started using my kid's names as swear words. Even though they knew I was trying to make a point, they didn't like their names used as expletives and/or synonyms for the words jerk or idiot or worse. They got my point.
The ol’ hair-of-the-dog-that-bit-me technique can be effective in changing one’s perspective. You might try it also with those who like to substitute “The Man Upstairs” or “The Big Guy” or the generic “Someone Up There” for God’s name, except you call the person by anything but their given name.
I have to believe that, for God, hearing His name used irreverently or being called something other than what He is known by has gotten past being old. The rest of the third commandment says He isn’t holding anyone guiltless for the offense. It has to be infuriating by now.
Teach your children early that God is to be loved and held in awe. Teach them to respect His name with honor and glory. He deserves nothing less.
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