(Exodus 20:7 NIV) "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name."
(Isaiah 48:1 NIV) "Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the Lord and invoke the God of Israel-- but not in truth or righteousness--"
(Luke 6:46 NIV) "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?"
When we call Jesus, “Lord”, but live as if He isn’t, we “misuse” His name. When we call ourselves by His name, (Christian), but live like the unbelievers around us, we are taking His name in vain. God says, “Give!” -- we keep. God says, “Witness!” -- we remain silent. God says, “Forgive!” -- we hold grudges. God says, “Pray!” -- we ignore Him. God says, “Serve me!” -- we fill our schedules up with stuff that will not matter one iota in eternity. God says, “Give me your best!” -- we give him our leftovers and table scraps. God says, “Be faithful!” -- we chase other gods. God says, “Love me with all your heart!” -- we go to seminars on how to love ourselves more. When it comes to “misusing the name of the Lord”, the quiet hypocrisy of the Church is often far worse than the vulgar profanity of the street or the screen. Repent! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day