We arrived with our family at a large theme park. Upon entering I noticed a sign that said, “Profanity and other inappropriate language will not be tolerated at this establishment.” How refreshing! I was impressed.
We walked to the water park section and a park official explained the safety rules. When doing so he took the Lord’s name in vain twice. When he finished I allowed our family to go ahead of me. I wanted to talk with him.
“Excuse me. I noticed the sign that said profanity would not be tolerated at this establishment. I want you to know I appreciate that.”
“Yet when you spoke to us just now, you used profanity twice. Did you know that?”
“What do you mean? I’m usually pretty careful about that sort of thing.”
I smiled, “You said ‘Good Lord!’ and you also said ‘O my God!'”
“THAT is profanity? Are you sure?”
“I’m sure. Profanity is treating irreverent something that’s holy. It’s very common these days. Many people don’t realize they are breaking the Third Commandment which tells us not to misuse God’s name. It’s so important to God that He put it high on his list, even above murder and stealing. Did you know it’s the only commandment that comes with a warning?
“What kind of warning?”
“It says that ‘anyone who misuses God’s name will not be held guiltless.’ In other words, you won’t be able to say to God someday, ‘I wasn’t thinking when I said it.’ Or, ‘Everyone else was saying it. I didn’t think it was that important.’ No. You will be guilty.”
“Well I just learned something new. Thanks for telling me.”
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7
- [Have you ever confronted someone for taking the Lord’s name in vain? Would you dare? If not, why not? To leave a reply click on story title and scroll to bottom of page.]