|Christ Not a Mere Expression|
by Reed R. Heustis, Jr.
March 3, 2008
Category: Christian Living
|EVER DOES A day go by where the name of Jesus Christ is not dragged through the mud.|
For example, while I engaged in negotiations a few days ago, the other attorney utilized the name of Christ as a swear word at least three different times.
This is nothing new. Every day I go to court, the Name of Christ is bandied about as a curse word. Many times, His Name is uttered in close proximity to the F-bomb.
Attorneys are not the only guilty ones though. In nearly every profession and walk of life, regardless of education, people daily blaspheme the One True God of Holy Scripture by taking the Lord's name in vain, and using it as a dirty word.
As any DVD movie will reveal, His name is used constantly in a derogatory way. Almost never do movie-makers use His name in a glorifying manner. Only as a curse word.
Again, on television, Christ's name is constantly blasphemed everywhere, unless of course, it is uttered on one of those segregated "religious" channels. God forbid that Christ's name be honored on a main channel. After all, we might actually offend non-Christians!
Books and literature are no different. Nearly every author litters their novels with anti-Christ swear words. Is it possible to write a bestseller without blaspheming Christ?
It is ironic that people are so apprehensive about offending homosexuals and other non-Christian religious groups in the Name of Tolerance, because when it comes to offending the Name of God, tolerance somehow ceases to exist.
I shutter to think that people's eternal lives hang by a thread by an all-righteous God.
The Third Commandment of the Law of God is clear:
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.
There is plenty of guilt to go around, mine included. My faults include the fact that I do not always speak up when Christ's name is blasphemed.
If someone ever smeared the name of my loved one, I would not hesitate to speak up. So why won't I speak up every time Christ's name is smeared? Isn't His name infinitely more precious than those of my loved ones? God, forgive me!
Whenever I do courageously speak up, I often receive the same common empty-headed response: "Relax, it's only an expression."
Excuse me? Since when is Christ's name only an "expression?"
When people rationalize that the name of Jesus Christ is only an "expression," they make my point exactly! By reducing the name of Jesus Christ to a mere expression, they deny to the One True God the reverence and awe that He totally deserves.
They ultimately take His name in vain, thereby violating the Third Commandment without apology or afterthought.
In actuality, they are storing up God's wrath for a later date....
Too many Christians in America, including myself, tolerate others to blaspheme Christ's name on a daily basis without coming to the constant defense of His precious name. If we Christians ever begin to act in accord with our professed convictions, then widespread blasphemy uttered by unbelievers would begin to wane by God's grace.
Let us pray that we Christians develop a backbone in public so that unbelievers will be aware that we Christians are in their midst and that we actually believe what we say we believe.
We should never be comfortable with merely going along with the ride. Instead, we need to take the wheel.
The unbelieving world needs to know that Christians are followers of Jesus Christ.
We do not follow a mere expression.
Reed R. Heustis, Jr., Esq. is a Southern California native, and publisher of Christian Constitutionalist. A member of the State Bar of California, Reed earned his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California at Irvine. Reed and his family are members of a local church affiliated with the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America.
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