I currently know a few people who insist on using inappropriate language around me. They know I do not like it but it such a deep part of their nature that they keep on doing it (sometimes just to annoy me). This doesn’t make me mad; only disappointed. Actually, it has bugged me for years. I wrote the following a while back and it reminds me why I hate inappropriate language so much:
Many people think the third commandment is an easily avoidable sin. I, for one, have never taken the Lord’s name in vain. Since I’ve been raised in a Christian home and have been taught the straight and narrow my whole life, it would be rather disappointing if I were to take my LORD’s name in vain.
Although it’s true I have never taken the name of the LORD in vain, I still have violated this commandment as it, just like the other commandments, condemns much more than most people think.
If there is one thing I am very harsh on, it is language. It really bugs me when people use their mouths for all kinds of vile words. Yes, I include slang words, such as “dang”, “darn”, etc. in that same group. Why say such words that are so near to the vile swear words we hear the world spouting out like water from a fountain?
Really, I have no idea why so many people say such word and deem them “innocent”, but, that is the way of our fallen world. Anyway, those people who swear, say such slang or take God’s name in vain are in for a big surprise when they really look deep at the third commandment.
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.
– Exodus 20:7
This seems rather straightforward, but, one must remember, the Ten Commandments should be able to cover all the degrees of those sins. See, the Ten Commandments kind of give us the worst sins, and all the other sins under those are the sub-sins of the main one. Right away than you can pick out what this commandment deals with: the sinning of the tongue.
Now, the Bible makes it clear that the tongue is a powerful force that can change your own and other’s lives; sometimes for the better but most often for the worst. I would highly suggest reading James 3 for some in-depth analysis of the tongue.
Among these verses in James, we see the following: “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.” (James 3:9) Here is a very close subcategory of the third commandment: using the tongue God gave you to curse those who God has made after Himself.
See, taking the LORD’s name in vain is not just three words, but anything that uses the tongue God gave you to harm or hurt (emotionally, mentally, etc.) those God has made after Himself. It is like a domino effect. Hit over one domino and they all fall down.
So, take the advice of God, and bridle your tongue.