Taking the Name of The Lord in Vain

There has been a vital misunderstanding among the Christians about the meaning of the third commandment. It has been widely accepted that this law is talking about not using “Jesus Christ” or “God” as an expletive.

The truth is that this is not what the commandment is talking about at all, and the actual meaning is so much more important.

It’s like a company employee: your actions reflect back on the whole of the company when you represent the company. When do you represent the Lord? Here is what Jesus said:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).

As someone who has taken on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are his PR agent. What you say to people, especially those who know you are Christian, reflects back at him and can give him a poor image.

The world waxes worse and worse. The great falling away has already happened. For the few of us left who carry the torch of Christ, we are the minority. This brings me to my main point: most “Christians” do not serve Jesus Christ, but serve their own lust and greed. These people are the ones who have allowed the wicked to rise. Satan has ensnared many to atheism by pointing at the gluttonous, filthy, hypocritical “Christians”. These people are misrepresenting Jesus Christ, who was, and is, perfect.

Ultimately, my point is simple: if you are a Christian, you have taken up a heavy burden of proof. You must act right and represent the Lord accurately. When you act in sin and hate, you don’t just affect yourself, but all those who would see you. Your actions have consequences and there’s no accounting for how many will be lost due to them.

So, going forward, keep in mind the importance of representation. Those who call themselves Christians, even those who have forsaken him, will have to stand before him one day and account for their deeds done in the name of God.

“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” (Revelation 16:15).