I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ, who came and died on the cross for our sins.
I go to this Christian Youth Group for Middle Schoolers, and I’m shocked at how many kids I hear saying, “Oh, my God!”
Why? Because of the third commandment.
Q. “What is the third commandment?”
A. “The third commandment is; You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for God shall not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.”
Q. “What does the third commandment teach us?”
A. “To reverence God’s name, word, and works.”
I simply do not see how shouting, “Oh, my God!” is reverencing God’s name. Why? Because it isn’t.
Just look at the LORD’s prayer (taken from Matthew 6:9, ESV) ; “Pray then like this; ‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name.” And in Deuteronomy 28:58 in the ESV Bible, it says; “If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your God,”
Hallowed means “holy”, and a name as holy as God’s should be reverenced and not used as a catch-phrase.
So, why is it that Christians sometimes say it? Now, some people might say, “I don’t actually say ‘Oh, my God’, I just say ‘OMG’.” You know what “OMG” stands for?
So, you’re still saying it.
But, this DOES NOT mean that you cannot say “God”. You can, you just have to use it carefully. You have to use it as if–metaphor time–you were a lowly commoner talking to a King of old about how his laws aren’t fair. You would want to use carefully, because he could have you killed with the wave of his hand.
For instance; I believe that saying, “Oh, God, thank you!” when something that you’ve been wanting to happen is alright. I also believe that saying, “God, please give me patience with these people…” is also ok. You can also, of course, use His name in prayer. You can use His name when you’re talking about Him to people–being mini-missionaries, one could say–, and you can use His name in things like this; yes, technically speaking I am writing “Oh, my God!”. But, that does not count because it is an example. When using it as an example, yes; i believe you can use it.
So, my summarized thoughts on OMG; I wish Atheists, Evolutionists, and others didn’t say it. Christians should never, ever say it. We all should use God’s name carefully.
Thanks for reading!
~Bekah The Bookworm
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