Words from the Heart for Saturday January 11th, 2020
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Exodus 20:7 (NIV)
Section 175 of Canada’s Criminal Code makes it a criminal offence to “cause a disturbance in or near a public place” by “swearing … or using insulting or obscene language”. Provinces and municipalities may also have their own laws against swearing in public. For instance, the Municipal Code of Toronto bars “profane or abusive language” in public parks. In June 2016, a man in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was arrested for using profane language at a protest against Bill C-51.
The use of profanity is on the rise. Just check out the Christian movie review site PluggedIn.ca. Among other things, they list the use of profanity in movies today, and even in G rated movies there are often words that should never be used in public. At the top of the list of profanity is using the Name that is Above all Names in a profane way. Every time that happens, the third commandment is broken. God gave this commandment in Exodus 20:7, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” It is no surprise that the name of Jesus is used so often in a profane way. There is power in that Name – power to save, to heal, to deliver, to transform. The name Jesus was given by God the Father Himself, and it means “Yahweh saves.” So it is not surprising that it is used as a profanity. Satan will do everything he can to tear down that great Name. But he will never be successful, for it is at the Name of Jesus that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.
These have been words from the heart.