I had a couple of posts about the misuse of our Lord’s Name. It sadly seems to be on the rise. In fact, I can hardly avoid hearing it! My original post is here: Responding to the profane use of the NAME of our Lord.
There I suggest ways to respond when you hear the Name of our Lord used as a curse word or otherwise misused. I clarify that I am not suggesting that you get angry or give a lecture, but offer options for being “gently re-directive” – even humor can be an option.
Well, I offer an update as I’ve had several opportunities to give this a try with strangers in public. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but when I heard the Name misused, I immediately approached the person and said something about hearing the Name of Jesus and indicated that I am a Christian who loves Jesus. (My tone was not angry! I must say my attitude was more of feigning ignorance about their misuse of the Name and just expressing interest that I heard the Name of Jesus.) In each instance I quoted Scripture at least partially, Philippians 2:10-11 and/or phrases from Revelation 4 and 5 is what comes to my mind quickly. Essentially I had a mini praise session lifting high the Name of Jesus, and then I was on my way.
In each of these cases the person was young – either late teens or twenties – and they respectfully accepted what I had to say. Clearly, they thought I was odd (haha) but they did not say anything rude to me. Because I am 51, I suppose I look like a REALLY old person, so this could be why they just respectfully accepted what I said?
My point is that…If the person was closer in age to me, I might be more likely to get a rude or annoyed response? I will have to see when future opportunities arise!
I’d encourage you to consider responding when you hear the Name of our Lord misused – whether a stranger, co-worker, or friend – and see my linked post above for a few ideas.