Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain
The news cycle is spinning in giant circles because during the North Carolina rally President Donald Trump took God’s name in vain, not once but twice. So is that reason to stop supporting Trump? Is God going to strike him down with lightning? That depends.
We are told in Exodus 20:7 “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.”
No other words need be added to what God has already declared and cursing is a sin, right? It is not my place or yours to worry about what God will or will not do about sin. Jesus took care of sin on the cross at Calvary some 2,000 years ago when he died, took the keys to hell and death, rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven.
What we need to know and understand is that God Loves Us individually and unconditionally EVEN WHEN we sin. God hates the sin, but loves the sinner. That is why he gave his only begotten son Jesus to die for our sin.
So tell me you without sin, which is the greater sin? Cursing, murder, adultery, covetousness, lying, stealing, gossiping, cheating, slander, or hating yourself the way God created you? How are we to judge? Do we sit on the judgement seat? Are we God? No we are not. However we are told to weigh everything against the Word of God, whether it is true or false.
We are told that when we sin we are to confess our sin to Almighty God asking for forgiveness with a grateful heart and he is just to forgive us of our sin. We are to turn away from it and sin no more (don’t do it again). Maybe, just maybe that applies to President Trump as well, right?
Many of us have children and grandchildren. We have “in-laws” and in many cases we have become outlaws in the eyes of God. When we or anyone in our family sins does that make them any less a part of the family, except by choice? When they use words we don’t approve of do we immediately kick them out on the street and say go ahead and take care of yourself because I don’t like the way you talked or the words you used? Of course not! That would be like throwing out the baby with the bath water because the water’s dirty.
Many have expressed their displeasure, others have written to President Trump asking him to make better word choices and maybe he will. No matter what happens it is up to Almighty God whether to use fire and brimstone or a measure of grace. Let’s face it we are all fallen sinful man. The wages of Sin is death, according to scripture. Death is what we deserve. Yet God often chooses a measure of His Grace which is sufficient for anything that life throws our way.
I am reminded that God uses people to do his will. All he requires is availability and obedience, nothing more and nothing less. God has a plan and purpose for everyone, even for Donald J. Trump with all of his faults. God even has a plan for you? – I am the Real Truckmaster!