Most say that we are too fussy or too literal when we speak certain terms. Many will say, “Stop being so serious will ya!” Sorry to tell you, we must be serious when it comes to the words we speak. I have repeatedly written articles on the usage of terms that we speak. WORDS HAVE MEANING IN ITS TRUE FORM. Words or terms have power.
The old “stick and stones may break my bones and words will never hurt me” is a lie! Words or terms have life. Words or terms emotionally hurt and many are walking around crippled by what someone spoke into their lives. In fact, words and terms have killed or murdered many. For, it would be nice, if most of us would just go to the Encyclopedia of Life, the Word of God – the Holy Bible, and study, then we will learn when to speak and when not to speak. Many will learn to use wisdom in our terms. Many will learn the authority of what God has given to each of us just by standing on God’s terms.
I know many of you have seen the commercial that is telling us to stop using the word “gay.” The word or term GAY is offensive to those who practice homosexuality. Then if using the word gay is offensive to a particular group of people, then bitch, whore, and other true racial or other negative terms used to display a group of people should be offensive too. Where are those commercials?
I do not see any commercials telling us to stop using the term nigger or bitch that are offensive to other groups of people. I know that bitch or nigger is very offensive to me as a woman and as being African American. I hate terms that depict any group of people – period!
Using God’s name in vain is a popular term – today’s “cool” urban term. I really hate it, and I do mean hate it, when most use God’s name in vain. You know and I hope you do not do it too, the term “Oh My God,” Some try to say “Oh my gawd.” What does “Gawd” mean anyway? I mean really, I want to know. According to Urban Dictionary, Gawd is “a way of writing “Oh my God” while denoting that you’re rolling your eyes at the same time.”
Yeah, many try to clean it up by using the term “gawd” but we know what it really means, and it is offensive. For me, those who use the popular “oh my God or “gawd” are disrespecting my Heavenly Father. Most get downright ugly, and I do mean, they are ready to fight right down to the nitty-gritty when someone is talking badly against their Mom or Dad or even sister or brother. This is how I feel when people use my Heavenly Father’s name in vain. I am ready to be King David with my sling shot in hand.
In addition to using God’s name in vain, many use terms that reverence God in vain too. Such terms of reverence as “Holy” are to reverence and worship our Heavenly father. Most will tell you that terms such as “holy cow” are only expressions and mean absolutely nothing, and God will forgive when one takes his name and holy expressions in vain.
Holy means sanctify – to be set apart. The term Holy is God’s moral and ethical perfection for a freedom from moral evil. Holy means Holiness, which is one of the essential elements of our God; it is to glorify God in the worship of God. Holy is consecrated and reserve from disrespect of common use. Holy is devoted to the service of God.
As the “Righteousness” of God (Christians) made holy, we are spiritually whole through our salvation. The Holiness of God is perfect and made free from sinful affection by and through the Holy Spirit. We are to have a pure heart that is acceptable to God. The Righteousness of God is not “perfect” by our self. We are “perfect” only by and through the holiness Blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
These expressions are “only” to worship and exalt God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hosea 4:6, said “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because one has rejected knowledge.”
Those of us whom are the called and chosen of God are serious when we write or speak to lives. We are accountable to God for each soul that either read or listen to what we speak.
I, like many others, spend time praying, fasting, studying, and thoroughly “dividing the word of truth.” “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2nd Timothy 2:15). Jeremiah 3:5 said “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
It is extremely important that the Righteousness of God (Christians) deem holy do not take words and terms meant to worship and glorify God in vain.
Now, I want you to picture yourself in a place of worship or out in a place of peace. Sincerely begin to worship God, your Heavenly Father, by saying or singing “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” repeatedly. Wait and see, if you are doing it sincerely, how you will feel the presence of a Holy God. Wait in silence and see how God will bless you.
Now, how can one take what is so holy a term and then speak “holy cow or any negative holy,” and you tell me, what is up with that? How can a cow become holy anyway? When did a cow need sanctification? When then anything else, other than you and I, need sanctification.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless, that takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7)
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8)
“And thou shalt hang up the veil under the taches, that thou may bring in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony: and the veil shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy; And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place” (Exodus 26:33-34)
“Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy” (Exodus 99:3)
“Exalt you the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy” (Exodus 99:5)
“For He that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is His name” (St. Luke 1:49)
“For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say” (St. Luke 12:12)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1)
“In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” (Colossians 1:22)
Do you understand me now?
Those who take the worship term of “Holy” in vain are taking God’s honor and glory from Him. Yes, I will write it again. Those who use the term “holy” so loosely, are taking away the honor and glory of the God, we say we love.
More importantly, those who speak God’s name in vain and use the terms to glorify Him, do not respect God.
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness; He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit” (1st Thessalonians 4:7-8)
So you tell me, why should our God answer the prayers of those who play Him so cheaply and not respect Him?