12-9-2016 Profane Pleas

“Profanity” literally means “making it as common as a doorsill.”  Few give a passing thought to a doorsill when crossing it.  That is exactly the attitude toward God’s Name that is forbidden.  When Israel used to be God’s chosen people, He said: “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12 NKJV).  Jesus’ New Law teaches Christians to pray: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Luke 11:2 NKJV). It is only when Bible history is ignored that people profane God’s Name.  Constant “OMG’s” profanes God.  When disaster comes, how can a profane person mean it when he says: “God, help me”?  If we wish to call on God to help, don’t profane His Name. “The LORD is for me among those who help me” (Psalm 118:7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ

#disaster, #omg, #profanity

1-21-2016 O My God

It was a prayer when David said, “O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed” (Psalm 25:2 NKJV). All 21 times “O my God” occurs in the Bible, people were addressing God. God said through Moses, “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:12 NKJV). New Testament Law “is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane” and “contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-10 NKJV). “Profane” means like a “doorway or threshold we cross without thinking of it.” Thus, using “O my God” without directly addressing God is “profanity,” and walks over God’s Name without regarding its sacredness. “OMG” cannot be excused either because it is shorter!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#gods-name, #omg, #profanity