Wednesday, March 18, 2015
thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Do you get it?
That's Oh My God, and it's become part of the language of the internet. An expression of suprize, and fully accepted as just another phrase. But is it?
It's as bad as saying "Jesus Christ" when you are exasperated.
It's taking the Lord's name in vain. Literally.
So easy to say, and no one catches you on it because it "doesn't mean anything." But it does. Every time you do it you break the second commandment.
And no one notices.
No one thinks it's a big deal.
So how many other commandments aren't a big deal either?
How about "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods"? Envy. Jealousy of someone's possessions or house or car or clothes. Instead of being content with what you have it's "keeping up with the Joneses". Breaking another commandment that's not a big deal.
How about "thou shalt not kill." Ok, you haven't killed anyone - ever. But do you support those who do? Do you support war? Capital punishment? Abortion? Do you deny genocide? Do you make it easy for those who do kill to just shrug it off as a normal part of life?
Think about those 10 commandments, and then think about how you excuse yourself from them every day. "Remember to keep Holy the Lords Day" Well yeah I do usually go to church, except when it interferes with my getting to the football game in time to tailgate with my buddies.
"I am the Lord your God, you shalt not have strange gods before me." Yeah, well if I don't get on the golf course before 9 then the day is a total waste. Or if I don't leave for the beach before traffic gets bad I may as well not make that 2 hour drive. Who is your God? Golf, the Beach?
Gossip? That's "bearing false witness against your neighbor." How often do you do that? It may not be lying, but it's not being truthful all of the time either.
Adultry? Have the hots for someone on TV? Yeah, but you are married and would never get the chance to do it, but you THINK about it, don't you?
"Honor they father and thy mother." How many times as a teen did you roll your eyes at them behind their back because they were too old fashioned? Is the eye rolling a sign of respect and honor?
Examine your conscience.
Be sorry for the ways you have disobeyed.
Think about it.