Pastor’s Corner: What’s in a name?

A little earlier this summer, I was with my children, playing at a park. My children were having a great time, running, laughing, screaming; everything that kids do at parks.

By Pastor Seth Springer

Adjacent to the playground equipment was a basketball court where several teens were playing basketball. Every few moments, we would hear a swear word come flying out of their mouths, either after a missed shot or a good play!

The Bible states in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…” And again, in Colossians 3:8, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” So after a few moments of discussion with my wife, I decided to confront the young men that were playing. I told them politely about our convictions and asked if they would refrain from swearing while my children were present. They respectfully obliged. After talking with my wife, she said something that was profound, “maybe they just didn’t know that their words weren’t acceptable to everyone.”

In our society, there is a word going around that has been turned into a swear word: the Name of Jesus. I’ve heard it used in multiple ways, either stretched out in exaggeration or mixed in with other vile words in a vulgar way, to demonstrate how bad someone or something is!

Maybe our society just doesn’t know. I would like to officially announce: not everyone approves of hearing our Lord’s name used as a swear word. Most importantly God does not approve of it.

At our church, we pray in the name of Jesus (John 14:14). We baptize in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38). We greet one another, dismiss our services, and we believe, in His name for salvation (Colossians 3:17). It is a name, not only I, but millions around this world, hold sacred. It is a name that is like no other name (Philippians 2:9). Jesus’ name is the only name that can bring salvation (Acts 4:12).

It is a name that should be treasured and not used lightly. It is a name that can save anyone from their darkest sins, deliver from the worst drug addiction, save the broken marriage, and bring hope, healing, and freedom to our lives.

The Bible states in Exodus 20:7 “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.” If you are this person that I’m talking to today, I pray that instead of using His name for the wrong reasons,  call on it today, in sincerity, for the right reasons.