Saying God’s Name in Vain

“Oh my God”, “For God’s Sake”, “Swear to God” are phrases used by Christians and non-Christians alike. They flow off the tongue without hesitation, but should they?

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments are the most fundamental of laws, ranging from don’t steal to don’t murder. In this cluster of valuable commandments “Thou shalt not use God’s name in vain” is listed third. Yet, it has been tossed to the side over the years. It may seem trivial to some, but in essence, it’s lowering the name of God to a filler word. Eeks!

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Ex. 20:7

The word vain can be defined as: an irreverent manner.


I know it isn’t always intentional. Most people don’t have this secret vendetta, “I am going to use God’s name in vain today”. It just has become like second nature. The God of the universe isn’t even who they are thinking about when they say, “OMG”, but that is an indicator that you are saying God’s name in vain. You are saying His name without purpose or value.


When you are saying God’s name is it in a honorable fashion, is it for prayer or thanksgiving?

This topic is one where we can over think. Don’t let it become that. You know in your heart if you are honoring God when you say His name, so speak in a way that others see that God is someone to be respected and revered.

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