Over the past decades, society has willingly and enthusiastically decided 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.
God – noun: the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.
Read 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.
2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD‘s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
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 any 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.
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.
Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
4. Using God’s name as an exclamation makes Him common.
And making Him common erases the history of God. In truth, God is not defined as common. God is greater and more powerful than humans, but 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 follows their household rules, God is pleased when we follow His commandments.
Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
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.
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.
If you have the habit of misusing God’s name, repent and ask forgiveness. Pray for strength to change your ways. Making this one simple change in your communication skills lifts up His holy name – offering glory He alone deserves.