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Friday, November 14th 2008

11:43 AM

Taking God's name in Vain

I was in a Christian bookstore recently to pick up a copy of the Nov/Dec. issue of Today's Christian Woman. There's an excerpt in it from Where's Your Jesus Now? and as I wandered around the store -- one of those chain stores geared toward Christians -- I thought how out of place I felt in there.

There was a time when my children were younger when I made frequent trips to Christian bookstores. But now I feel like a fish out of water. I don't know if it's the trinkets with all those pithy sayings. Or the cult-like tone that the sales clerk mimic, but something about those chain stores bugs the tar out of me. Maybe it's just the marketing of all things Jesus that troubles me.

I left there feeling unsettled. It's the same feeling I had after a friend sent me the following email from a pastor's wife. Her husband pastors a large church, one of those mega-churches, in a southern city. This is an educated woman. She dresses as well as Beth Moore and has a lot of influence in her community. So don't dismiss this as just another backwood country ramble:

Dear Family

 I woke up this morning, as we all did, to the news that our next President of the United States is a man who hates God, believes in the murder of unborn, unprotected children, and promises to return the right to a woman to murder her child until the moment before that baby comes out of her body.


I know that he hates God because God’s Word says, “if you love Me you will obey Me.”  This man does not obey God, and promotes the works of his father, the devil.


I know his father is the devil because God’s Word says, “a man cannot serve two masters, he will love one and hate the other.”


With all that said, I went to God today for His guidance and direction as to what He wants me to allow out of my mouth.  The safest place in the world for a believer to live is to mimic our Savior, Jesus the Christ, because He mimics our Father God.  His words are always the opposite of the world’s/our flesh. 


Here are His words that bring peace, love and joy in the midst of it all.  I pray they will bring peace to you, my beloved family, and the most important people in the world to me, that all is well.  No matter what others do, all is well, according to the choices we make as individuals.


Blessed are (this means spiritual well-being, having the approval of God, and thus a great destiny)


Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(those of us who perceive our need of and depend on God alone)


Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

(those of us who pray over the failure of mankind to give proper glory and honor to God)


Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

(those of us who submit to the will of our Father, as Jesus did & does, we become the “heirs of the world”)


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

(those of us who make God first in our lives and obey His Word, we receive everything we desire)


Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

(those of us who are thankful for the mercy we have been given and desire it for all those who are lost, we will receive all the mercy that Heaven can give)


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

(those of us who are true believers (do what He tells us to do) we will “see” God now through the insight of faith, in heaven we will see Him as He really is)


Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

(those of us who have made peace with God, heard His word, and chosen to obey it alone to the end)


Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

(those of us who do not conform, cave in, when others try to turn us away from the one true living God, heaven is secured for us)



I know that God loves this man who will be the next President of the United States, because He sent His Son, Jesus, to the Cross to die a horrible death and then to be raised up so this man could be saved from his sin. 


I know this man was created by God to bring glory and honor to God. 


So I choose to pray for this man’s soul as though he were my own son.


The Word says we cannot speak blessing and cursing out of the same mouth, so I choose to never curse this man, to pray for his soul, and pray blessing on his life, as God’s Word commands.


This goes against everything in my flesh, which proves it stands for who God is.  So I put my flesh to death in the midst of the pain I feel today about our country.  I lay down the flesh and walk by the Spirit.  I trust God completely with all of our lives, and know that He is our only source, not any man.  I choose the love, peace and joy that our Father desires for us, and I refuse doubt, fear or unbelief about our future.


I love you, my family, and I will be found faithful in the coming days, walking by the Spirit and not the flesh, on behalf of all our children / generations coming along behind us.  It is a choice to love rather than to hate, and I am making it today.






Is anyone else out there as offended by this letter as I am?


She labels Barack Obama a Satanist, then covers her hatefulness under a cloak of self-righteousness.


Oh, brother.


So my friend who passed this along to me said she's uncomfortable calling herself a Christian because if this is what it means to be a Christian, why would she want to associate herself as one?


I agree.


How does a woman who holds such a place of influence convince herself that it's perfectly acceptable to call into question Barack Obama's faith?


Listen, if we were to use her standard -- If you love me, you will obey me -- then by golly all of us are doomed for hell. (Which I think is the point of redeemption through Christ.)


I am reminded again, for the upteenth time, that Scot Peck got it exactly right in his book "People of the Lie" when he noted that religious people are the ones most susceptible to deceit -- their own, especially.


I imagine God must be totally baffled by the line of reasoning we come up with -- in his name.


There is more than one way to take God's name in vain.


As this letter clearly proves.



6 Comment(s).

Posted by Bone2pic:

You have such a wonderful blog. Don't go anywhere, I'll be back :)
Friday, November 14th 2008 @ 4:34 PM

Posted by Ted M. Gossard:

I must sadly concur. I too feel distant and removed from Christians, especially of this kind, and it seems the norm. I am blessed to live in an area and work in a ministry in which I find some who are like-minded, probably actually many out there.

But it's amazing how many intelligent Christians who love the Lord fall into this same trap as this woman. Very sad.
Saturday, November 15th 2008 @ 4:16 AM

Posted by AF Roger:

Several things. 1 Cor. 10:12--"Therefore, let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." And no one has ever said it better than the late Joseph Sittler: "Evil is never more quietly powerful than in the assumption that it resides elsewhere." That's a statement properly spoken only when standing before a mirror. When my love for God becomes more central to my life than God's love for me I can make wild pronouncements about anyone and anything--without ever having to bother with accuracy, humility, getting to know them, or parting with a farthing of compassion. No surprises! Most times sin does not come to the world looking like sin. It comes looking like righteousness. Paul nailed that when he wrote Romans, which Luther said we ought to know by heart. Father, forgive us, for we know not what we do. R.
Saturday, November 15th 2008 @ 8:28 AM

Posted by My 2 cents:

As a spouse of a pastor, I am reminded frequently that what I say could hound me for the rest of my life. Some people look for me to have pearls of church lady wisdom. But, if this is an example of fulfilling that need, I shall remain silent. Better to say nothing at all than to imply such foolishness. Why do people feel like that they must have a platform like that and a statement? Makes me weary.
Sunday, November 16th 2008 @ 5:35 AM

Posted by My 2 Cents:

Also, I hate those bookstores, too...and I can't listen to much "christian radio" for the same heebeejeebies. I still owe you a photo from the local BN with your book. Soon. My studies are done.
Sunday, November 16th 2008 @ 5:37 AM

Posted by James:

I agree whole heartedly with this woman and i think you guys should to because she was walking closer to the truth than any of you. I feel for people who think they don't have to obey the comandments of God and people who put christians down with cliches rather than scripture. That is the real problem with this country, they are not ground in the word.
Saturday, November 22nd 2008 @ 6:02 PM

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