As a kid I often heard that taking the Lords Name in Vain meant to not use God’s name as a curse word like “Oh my God”. But as I got older it’s seems kind of silly the seriousness people placed on not saying these. It’s almost as if it’s the unforgivable sin if I say OMG. There’s got to be something more that’s going on here. I’m not arguing that we should start using this language, however I think we are missing something in this commandment.
Our culture loves soundbites. We have about a 30 second attention span (I’m definitely guilty of that). And because of that we often take one Bible verse and go around quoting what it says while ignoring the context. Sometimes this gives us a half truth, other times it gives us something totally wrong. These are the top 3 Bible verses that I hear that don’t mean what people think they do.
How can it be said there was joy set before Jesus when he was marching to his death? Because Jesus was able to look past his present, momentary, circumstances to something more. That enabled him to go through hell on earth because he knew something better was on the other side.
Now I don’t know about you, but I can think of 1,000 words I would use to describe the world right now, but peace is not one of them. You don’t hear a lot of stories about peacemakers either. There seems to be more stories of people throwing fuel on the fire and not many stories of people bringing peace. 2000 years ago things weren’t much different.
The Pharisees of the day were hung up on ceremonial cleanness. They had a habit of fixing their external appearance while ignoring what was on the inside. Jesus continually called them out on their actions because he saw through their facade. Ultimately they couldn’t handle the truth so they killed him so they could keep their fake lives in order.
We often have a double standard when it comes to mercy. On one hand we like to have mercy and grace given to us when we fail. But we like to see others get what they deserve. We want to see it given in abundance to us, but rarely do we celebrate when someone else receives it. Grace seems unfair until you need some.