“…and My name is continually blasphemed all day long.”
— Isaiah 52:5
We live in an age that is awash with blasphemy. It is grievous to hear the name of Jesus Christ taken in vain, spoken of blasphemously. Why would anyone speak that name in blasphemy? It is the only sin without any motivation other than the pure demonic hatred of the fallen heart of man against God. Why? What more could He do than for you He has done?
God says in the Ten Commandments that He will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Yet people blithely take God’s name in vain all over the place in this culture. They treat it like it doesn’t mean anything—and yet their very lives depend on Him, whose name they take in vain. It’s hard to turn on the radio or watch TV or a movie and avoid hearing blasphemy.
I would remind every blasphemer, every persecutor, every antagonist of Christianity that they are persecuting the living, risen, glorious Son of God, before whom one day they will stand and give an account of themselves and before whose feet they will bow. For many of them it will be the last thing that happens before they are taken and cast into hell.
God’s name is holy. We should not take it in vain in profanity or by using it lightly. Don’t ever say, “The Lord told me…” if it really was only your own wishes that told you. The name of God is to be praised, not defamed.
Holy God, we tremble when we think of all the blasphemy of our society. We cringe when we hear even little children swear. Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do. Give us strength for today to always honor Your holy name…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE
CAN KEEP HIS NAME HOLY.