2001-09-02 - Taking God's Name in Vain
Passages about The Ten Commandments, Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, we actually covered both the first and second commandments (not to make graven images and not to have other godsbefore God). So this week, we will move on to the Third commandment. Some people limit this commandment to simply not using God's name in a curse, which is done rather routinely now in movies and even on television. But some scholars and commentators have enlightened us that we are taking God's name in vain" when we misuse His authority (e.g. during the Crusades),when we proudly wear His name as a Christian while not living up to the holy responsibilities of that name, when we laugh at dirty jokes etc. Today we will look at passages related to the Third Commandment:
Exodus 20:7 (RSV) You shall not take the name of the LORDyour God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his namein vain.