Over the past decades, society has willingly, and I shall also say enthusiastically, decided that exclaiming Oh My G**! is: pertinent, necessary and acceptable in everyday conversations.
However, because of the definition of God, and the way I understand our LORD’s third commandment, I must disagree. Let me share five important reasons why expressing Oh My G**! is absolutely wrong.
1. God is the Being perfect in power, wisdom and glory.
Using His name in any form other than praise and love, transforms His name into verbal trash. When we take His name in vain, we throw away the definitions of who He is. We disregard His written promises and loving nature. As inconsequential as this verbal misuse may seem to the world, Christians know we sin against our Creator when we take His name in vain.
Our God deserves only praise!
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
2. God cannot be around sin.
Picture sin as abominable and dark. God is the total opposite of those two descriptive words. God breathes beauty and bestows His bright brilliance upon us. He cannot be in the presence of disparaging darkness. Abruptly shouting Oh My G**! falls under the negative description of disparaging. It does not define the positive illustration of brilliance. So to those who choose to vomit up God’s name as an exasperation – unless they confess and ask forgiveness or God grants mercy upon them, they cannot remain forever in His presence.
Sin separates us from God.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
3. We indirectly instruct young children to follow our deceptive verbal patterns.
This happens each time we repeat this verbal offense. Good parenting skills do not include parents ordering children to copy the parents’ bad habits. But, young children are impressionable and likely to imitate what parents say and do. This simple reflection is a common family occurrence. And when it happens, we are teaching our children to verbally sin and be offensive to God.
God does not approve of leading little ones away from Him.
Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
4. Using God’s name as an exclamation makes Him common.
Trying to make Him common erases the history of God. In truth, God is not defined as common. God is greater and more powerful than humans. Our problem is sometimes our pride stands in the way of us understanding this fact. We display ignorance for His power each time we ignore His laws. Like a child pleases his parents when he acknowledges their authority, God is pleased when we acknowledge His commandments.
God reigns supreme.
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
5. God wrote the third commandment:
God wrote the commandments with His own hand. He specifically tells us not to take His name in vain. And in the same sentence God wrote that we will be punished if we do! As we grow in the understanding of God’s Word and comply with His will, we benefit from making biblical changes in our lives. Each change, such as not misusing The Name, is a step closer to God.
Keep God’s name holy.
Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Pray to change your habit of misusing God’s name, repent and ask forgiveness.
Share your decision to follow our Lord’s Third Commandment with others. Imagine the positive impact we can have on society by initiating one simple action-