Taking God Seriously
INTRO: ''You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God!'' Exodus 20:7
What's in a name?
Paul Dickinson ''Names'' Strange and unusual names:
- Magdalina Babblejack
- Addine Dingdine
- Rotten Earp
- Joan Fluzzebonder
- Beverage Moose
- Bufa Umphumpa
1949 - Florida Electric Chair - Will Burn
Window washer killed - fell - Will Drop
Dan Druff - Became a barber
Plastering Contractor named - Will Crumble
There is a lot in a name when it is ''His Name''.
Why is God so concerned about His name?
Lord's Prayer ''Hallowed by Thy name.''
A name represents three things:
Reputation - making a good name for himself.
Character - bound up in name, honesty, charity, hope (God gave new name with character change - Abraham)
Authority - stop in the name of the law (not Bugs Bunny) Authority behind that name.
God says when you misuse my name it is a ''big deal.'' You are defaming God's reputation, His character and His authority.
Other ways to misuse God's name besides swearing.
I. WAYS GOD'S NAME CAN BE MISUSED
1. Using God's Name to insult (Most common)
Profanity or swearing to express irritation (of cussing and cheating are crimes. Golfing should
ILL. Of farmer - arrived in his wagon late.
Wife - ''What happened? Did the wagon break down?''
Farmer - ''No, I picked up the preacher to give him a ride and from that point on the mules didn't understand a word I said!''
America is the most foul-mouthed nation in the world and becoming worse each year!
Movie - they say won't sell without profanity. G-rating and no one wants to go see it!
Books, magazines, tapes, comedians
ILL. Hell - everything compared to hell - cold, hot, rain, dry, smart, dumb.
Why do people swear - ignorance, indifference, etc.
2. Using God's Name to impress (Imitate the world)
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