From text messages to tweets, “OMG” gets thrown around as casual, unremarkable lingo. In everyday conversation I hear more and more Christians use the phrase, “Oh my God!” not as a cry to the Almighty but as a turn of speech. It’s just an emotional exclamation nothing more.
But since we are throwing the name of the Most High around, I suppose we should check in and see what he thinks about this. What does the Bible say about using God’s name carelessly?
It breaks a commandment.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.” Ex. 20:7
His name should be feared.
Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name. Ps. 86:11
His name should be exulted.
Exult in his holy name;
rejoice, you who worship the Lord. 1 Chron. 16:10
His name is holy, awesome and praise worthy.
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy! Ps. 99:3
His name deserves our allegiance.
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. Heb. 13:15
But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name. John 20:31