Thursday, September 27, 2012

Damning Your Children in God's Name

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the name of the Lord his God in vain."

Christians/Catholics have all heard this commandment. And most likely, you've only ever connected it to carelessly shouting it out after being cut off on the highway or stung by a bee. But what if this commandment was much more important than tossing out creative labels after breaking a nail?

When we choose to become followers of Christ, we are directly taking His name upon us. As Catholics, we believe this to be permanent and real, such as with the indelible marks of baptism/confirmation and holy orders.

We then become ambassadors for Christ. Through baptism, we become part of His family. Additionally, through marriage, we become a symbol of the future unity in heaven. Through holy orders, we become Christ's representative on earth.

What then, does it TRULY mean to take God's name in vain and to break this commandment? What is actually being warned against here? And how does that apply to us as parents?

We are the authority to our children. We represent God the Father simply and automatically because we are the parents. The way we treat our children and the way we act in His name, as Christian parents, shapes the image and reputation of God for our children.

What a staggeringly serious situation! Take some time to pray about what this means and to pray for the grace to represent God's name fruitfully so that our children can freely and joyfully find God.


  1. Completely agree.. but wondering why you wrote 'Christians/Catholics'?

  2. Because not all Christians are Catholics. Although all Catholics are Christians, I was writing a general post to a larger audience. I guess I could have written...maybe... "All Bible followers" or "All who have a Judeo-Christian worldview."

    I don't know. Did it strike you as off?