You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain (Exodus 20:7).
Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the LORD.” But I say to you, do not swear at all (Matthew 5:33-34).
Using God’s name in vain does not only refer to profanity, but to any flippant or self-serving mention of the divine name not intended to glorify Him. Expressions like, Oh God! or I swear to God! should be avoided because they are disrespectful and/or attempt to use God’s name as a means of gaining control of a situation. Likewise with saying God led you or told you to do something just to trump further discussion of an issue.
This week both major political parties blasphemed the name of God in the interest of furthering their agendas.
The Democratic National Convention hasn’t been without its bizarre moments this week. Observe the following Internet news blog entry:
On Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) got so touchy with Bret Baier during a Fox News interview when Baier was simply asking why the words “God” and “Jerusalem” had been omitted from the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform:
“Harping on a trifle?” Well, apparently not according to President Barack Obama.
Upon learning of their omission, Obama ordered his staff to have the Democratic Party’s platform language changed to include God and affirm Jerusalem as the proper capital of Israel. The move on Jerusalem, a city claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians, put the Democratic Party’s platform in direct opposition to longstanding U.S. policy on Jerusalem, which has been that all “final status issues” be left to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
That wasn’t the most bizarre part though.
On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention’s chairman, held three voice votes on the matter, the first two of which failed. The crowd booed the third when Villaraigosa declared the change was approved by a two-thirds majority.
That’s right, the delegates of the DNC booed God and Jerusalem:
In other words, when observers noticed the conspicuous absence of “God” from the party platform and convention speeches, Obama and his advisers saw the potential fallout and went into damage-control mode. But the move appears to have backfired, as evidenced by the shouting and booing from the floor. Upon reflection I am not sure if the delegates were booing God or the cheesy attempt by Obama to inject God into the scenario. Of course there is no doubt that the democratic party has no use for the God of the Bible.
But in my opinion neither does the republican party. Mitt Romney and company were quick to jump on the glaring omission by the democrats. But Romney is no champion of biblical orthodoxy. Sure, he speaks of faith in God, but it is the god of Mormonism he worships. In case you didn’t know, the god of Mormonism started off as a man and came to earth as Adam with his celestial wife, Eve, from the planet Kolob in a distant galaxy. Their mission was to populate their own planet. According to LDS doctrine all men may become gods like Adam and populate their own planets with their celestial wives.
Most of the other professing Christians in the republican ranks hold to a faith in the god of apple pie, baseball, and the grand old flag. Those who are actually born again have been brainwashed with Arminianism and its anemic view of God. They are more informed in their theology by horrid books like The Shack than by the book written specifically to reveal God’s nature to us–the Bible.
Putting token prayers back into public schools, the name of God back into the pledge, or keeping His name on the currency really accomplishes nothing. Endless God talk without true inward change of heart is just empty blather–flippant and in many cases blasphemous.
Actually, I appreciated the honesty of the democratic delegates. Those who genuinely hate God made their voices heard; and those few believers present voiced their disapproval at the superficial self-serving verbal gyrations of the president and his lackeys.
The real idiot-phonies are the republicans for seizing the opportunity to vaunt themselves as the party of God. They are not the party of God, and we are no longer a nation of God. We have long-since abandoned the God of the Bible in the pulpits of our land and in our seminary classrooms. Token references to Him from the outhouse to the schoolhouse to the White House are just that. And such caricatures of real faith cannot long stay the hand of God’s judgment.
Basically the major parties are two shades of the same color. But at least the democrats know they are godless.