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The use of the Lords name has become as casual as casual day on Friday.  You cannot turn on a movie or a TV show where God or Jesus Christ is not used flippantly or

Sometimes...even I wonder

 frivolously.   For that matter some Kids movies are known to use God’s name in a flippant manner.  People who write these things, or say God in a way that is not reverent do so because to them…God’s name is no different saying “couch” or “chair”.  Take for example the movie Pulp Fiction.  God is said 34 times in a way that is not reverent at all. Jesus Christ… an additional 4 times.  I wonder when God or Jesus Christ is used in vain during this movie if anything is actually added to the movie.  This means that God’s name was taken in vain at least every 3 to 4 minutes.  While Pulp Fiction may be an extreme it is an illustration of how socially acceptable it has come to take the Lords name in vain.

Commandment 3 – You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.

Rather than dwelling on the obvious uses of God’s name in vain let’s focus on some things you probably haven’t considered.

As a Christian…are you taking the Lords name in vain when you say “I am a Christian”, and then act to the contrary?  I ask this question knowing full well that we are not perfect, and that we will make mistakes.  What I am talking about is willingly committing sin, either privately or for all of the world to see.   I would argue yes.  Consider this.  As Christian’s we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).  We are Christ by name.  If we represent the name and we act in a way that is irreverent to that name… we have taken that name in vain.  It really is that simple.  So in this since it goes beyond the spoken word in into our actions. Yes…you can act a certain way…and take the Lord’s name in vain.

Take for example the common mistake of a Christian saying that God doesn’t belong in a work place, and then proceeding to act VERY un-Christ like.  It could be lying, or backstabbing someone, or demeaning someone in front of the office or what not.  Then this same person talks about Church or being a Christian or how passionate they are about Christ.  I am sure we have all seen this person, or you are thinking about someone in particular as you read this…I know I am.  The question then becomes…is that person taking the Lord’s name in vain?  Even allowing for grace, we are all going to sin, and make mistakes.  I am in no way advocating that we have to be perfect.  But never the less…these actions are taking the Lord’s name in vain. (check out this funny, yet powerful illustration, by BlueFish TV)

We as Christian’s must be cognizant of our own representation of God’s name – In fact, the word “Christian” literally means “little Christ.”  Others, who see us use God’s name in vain, usually call it being a hypocrite.  But the effect of these actions are on the level as dropping the worst, profane use of God’s name possible because the impact is the same.  The holy name of God is tarnished in the eyes of unbelievers.

Mel Gibson….Oh well

There is little doubt that everyone has either heard the Mel Gibson rant or heard of the Mel Gibson rant.  I won’t post a link to the rant because it is truly vulgar, and well…not worth posting on our blog.  But there are some things that need to be posted about this latest episode from Mel.

Gibson is, perhaps, most notably associated with his work on the Passion of the Christ.  While that movie was being filmed it became well known that Gibson was a Catholic.    Recently (2002) Gibson contributed to the construction of a new church building.  These actions have associated Gibson with Christ.  If you peruse Google you will see the impact that Gibson’s actions have had or will have on the body of Christ Gibson provides a clear illustration as to the impact your actions have.  In short…when we take the mantle of Christ we are a representation of Him to the world.  Mel Gibson is a rather well know example, but we have all seen this play out in our own lives.  Have you ever seen a person screaming and yelling because an order was wrong, and they had a Christian sticker on the bumper of their car?  Been to a ball game where a Christian is using profanity towards other players at a ball game?  Hanging out with friends and a Christian swears like a drunken’ sailor (no offense to the Navy….)? Known a Christian to brag about cheating on their taxes or gaining some other unfair financial advantage like accepting incorrect change, etc? 

What does the Bible say about this?

Interesting question, right?  The Bible is pretty clear about this, 2 Corinthians 5:20: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

What else can I add to this?  This verse is explicit.  We are all Christ’s ambassadors.  Let that soak in for a second… 

The definition of ambassador is: an authorized representative or messenger.  Look at 2 Corinthians 5:20 again with that definition.  We are therefore authorized representatives or messengers of Christ.  Let this soak in some more…

We are the direct representation of Christ on earth.  If it sounds like there is a weight associated with that, there is.  Non-believers watch believers, and will build their opinion of God based on OUR actions.  If you are hanging out with your family who are non-believers and you do the things that they do ( cursing, complaining, gossiping, back-biting, etc…) how are they to respond to God’s message?  Can their opinion be anything other than: “so this is what God is about?”  If you are invited to go out on the town with friends, are you being an ambassador to them by going out and acting as they would?

There are sooooo many implications here to our everyday lives.   We shouldn’t act the way the world does.  We need to set ourselves apart from the world (cf. Romans 12:1-2).  Don’t put yourself in a situation where you can sin.  Don’t sin willingly.  Specifically, as in the case of Mel Gibson, remember that your tongue can get you into trouble.

I hope that Mel can find a renewed spirit in Christ.  I hope that all of us can take away the practical lesson being shown here.

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