6/3/11 - Names.

>> Friday, June 3, 2011

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Exodus 20:7

When a woman gets married, the tradition is that she takes the name of her husband. The same thing happens when you become part of the Bride of Christ. You take God's name - you are a Christian.

Imagine if a woman married a man, taking his last name, but continued to live as though she were not married to him. Would she not have taken her husband's name in vain (for no reason)? It's the same when you take the name "Christian," but continue to live as though you don't belong to Christ. This is SERIOUS. God says he "will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain." If you call yourself a Christian but don't live like someone who belongs to Christ, if you haven't surrendered your whole life to God, then you are not his, and you are not free.

This command is not, as I thought when I was a kid, telling us not to say "oh my god." This command is telling us not to pretend to be someone we're not, not to sully the name of Christ.

If you're not going to surrender to God, don't call yourself a Christian. It won't do you any good in the end, and it makes Christ's name dirty.

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