“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain…” (Deut. 5:11).
Taking the Lord’s name is not limited to the use of profanity. Using the Lord’s name in vain is also attributed to instances when we make oaths in His name and then follow up the action with the act of speaking falsely (lies). Invoking the name of the Lord is, in essence, an act wherein we are obligating ourselves to speak the truth in the words we speak following our making of the oath. We are using the name of God as the moral basis and foundation for our “integrity” and to add weight to and confidence in the hearing of our words.
We engage in this action to enlarge our sphere of influence with others. Our motives do not always lie with the desire to promote and maintain fidelity and truth, to bring glory to God, or to even promote the best interests of others. It is to promote our own agendas wherein we are almost exclusively benefiting from our actions…
(…to be continued…)