Standing in the line at the restaurant, I heard two young girls behind me unleash a torrent of foul words like machine gun fire. I turned and looked at them. They stared back as if I was being rude, then they giggled.
When I was growing up in the 80’s, kids never said words like that. I’m sure there were adults who needed their mouths washed out with soap, but they didn’t talk that way in public or around children, and if they did, they apologized. Today it seems that even some folks who call themselves Christians have a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth.
Surrounded by so many others speaking so many slippery words, it’s easier for followers of Christ to slide into foul language. I’m amazed at how many people I hear say things like “Gah…” and then stop short. It’s a short walk from there to full-out blasphemy.
It’s accepted to say “God” or even “Jesus” when someone is angry or surprised, but these same people will never say, “Mohammed” or “Allah” or “Shiva” or “Abraham Lincoln”. Why is it only Christianity’s God who is mocked in vain.
The name of God, by which we are saved, should never be spoken in vain. The name of the One who died in my place to save me, should only ever be honored and used in praise and thanksgiving.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Exodus 20:7; Acts 4:12).