These are hurting our relationships and damaging others view of God.
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.
I know this girl who thinks she has to accept the responsibility for the happiness of others. She sometimes feels guilty when she fails to please others, and that failure results in rejection and a false assumption that she is not valuable. Making decisions is a difficult task for her, and she often struggles with setting boundaries. She listens to the myth that says, “You are somebody if you please others.” She just wants to be liked. This girl is a people-pleaser, and this girl is me.
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.
There are many hot-button topics that Christians like to debate their freedom in today. Smoking, drinking, and getting tattoos seem to be near the top of that list. Many people have dug their trenches and are planted firmly in their camp. But what does scripture say about these topics? What if there is a better question to ask than are these things acceptable?