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What does “taking the name of the Lord in vain” mean?

Quick answer: swearing.  But not the best answer.

Taking God’s name in vain means to use God to endorse words or actions for which He as no support.  Here are some examples:

1.  “God damn you – go to hell.”  God damns no one.  People choose hell for themselves by their life behavior and beliefs.  John 3:17 (we read verse 16 then ignore 17) “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

2.  We can state as God’s will something that is clearly false.

a.  There is no New Testament proof that Jews, as a group, go to hell.  They are God’s people.  The book of Romans chapters 9-11 clearly tells Christians to mind their own business. Besides, Jews have Muslim enemies enough without others butting in. Jews are God’s business and it is our job to pray for their nation and their safety.

b.  The Supreme Court heard a case involving the Westboro Baptist Church which was hassling funerals of soldiers with yelling and signs, like “God hates fags” “God hates abortion” “God hates America.”   It is true God hates sin, but sinners he accepts.  The plan of salvation is not complicated.  The members of this group have substituted their conclusions for what God is saying and doing.  There is no Biblical link between dead soldiers and what God hates or does not hate.

3. Final example.  “God told me you are to marry ____.”  Let God do his own talking please.  Can God tell you whom to marry?  Sure, but He tells the participants not others.  To butt into a marriage is called adultery, even if it is only in your mind or your words.  Find something else for your mind to do.  And if you are a man or woman who has been told this, back off and start thinking seriously about what is going on.  God wants to work through you for His glory.  He can lead you the whole way.

Westboro Cartoon

How the Word of God Exposed a Thief

Nearly 30 years ago I started working as a cashier at Shoney’s.  I’ve had this kind of work 5 times and every single time some employee has set me up to be accused as a thief.  But this was my first job as cashier so I was not prepared for what happened.

The manager, a hard-driving, hard-smoking, hard-drinking woman who had lived in or near the streets was in no mood to tolerate the missing $135.  She dragged us all into the dining room and said she wanted the money back in the drawer before 9 pm that night.  She would be happy to speak to any of us about this if we wanted to see her privately.

After that shift I went to her and said I wanted a private conference.  We met in a booth.  I told her I was a Christian and I took the Bible very seriously.  Oh no! You could see the disgust all over her face. Now here was some religion nut, she was thinking.  I told her I didn’t know the names of the employees having just started but that I did know the Bible.

All the time she was puffing disgustedly on her cigarette.  I told her that if she would read Psalm 50 she would learn that a thief, to God, is in the same category as an adulterer.  Here is the passage to which I was referring.

Psalm 50:18 -When you saw a thief, you consented[a] with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers.

I said to her – if you find the adulterer you will find the money.  A strange look came over her face and we parted.  A few days later I returned for my regular shift and to my surprise someone said the missing money had been returned.  I knew then the manager knew who the adulterer was and had herself identified the crook.

But it was a big lesson to me of how God can step in.  Three things happened – I was freed of the possibility of being thought a thief, the thief was exposed, and the hard-drinking, hard-smoking manager learned a lesson about God.

God knows everything and everyone.  Not one of our sins is hidden from his face.  We don’t get away with a thing no matter how far we are from him.

And I learned too – that the Bible would and could be my defense in any situation.