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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Ten Commandments: OMG

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes his name in vain."--Exodus 20:7. The third commandment given by God through Moses to not take the Lord's name in vain.  We are not to use God's name without a particular purpose.  Today we deal with the phrase OMG.  

OMG. You may be asking why I titled this particular devo "OMG."  Furthermore this may be a familiar acronym because it is seen in countless text messages and has even worked it's way into American lingo.

OMG.  The third commandment tells us not to take the Lord's name in vain.  Every time this phrase is used in the way it normally is, the third commandment is broken.

OMG.  The sad thing is I hear a lot of Christians use this phrase in the way the world uses it, to express some sort of shock or surprise such as in the image above rather than to bring glory to Jehovah God.

OMG.  It is one of the many abbreviations used in electronic messaging among LOL, TTYL, L8R, BRB, etc.

OMG.  We must remember that when we use God's name it is to bring glory to Him.  God's name is holy and  His name should be used for His glory, not because we can't figure out some other way to express our reaction toward something.

Finally, my encouragement to you is this.  Remember the third commandment and when using God's name, we need to strive to bring glory to His name so that we can ultimately reach lost souls and teach others, especially our brethren to honor God even in the expressions we use and even in the text messages or any other electronic communication we send. To God be the glory.


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