An Open Letter to a Blasphemer

by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis

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“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” — God (Exodus 20:7)

Once, while in a chat room looking for an opportunity to share the gospel, I was reading the comments of a young man who was talking about some “dumb” remarks given by a well-known model. In his comments he used the name of Jesus in a profane way. I wrote him the following:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:3-4 NIV [1])

Hello John,

I read your bit about dumb models. I couldn’t agree with you more. People need to get their act together before they start making statements on TV about something of which they know nothing. There’s just one thing that you said that concerns me, and I would like to address it.

I mean no offence to you personally, John, but why must you use the name of Jesus in a profane way―as in an exclamation such as saying “Crap!”, “Damn!” or “Hell!” That has always seemed very strange to me. Why do people, who claim no allegiance to Jesus, insist on using his name like it was a swear word. If you must say the name of some religious figure as an expletive, why not say “Buddha!!!” or “Harrah Krishna!!!” or even say, “Ahhh… Mohammad!!!” or something like, “Rev. (blank-de-blank) Moon!!!” How about “Ahhh… Pope (blank-de-blank) Francis!!! or “Confucius dammit!” Doesn’t it strike you as a bit strange that people would use only the name of “Jesus” like it’s a cuss word but never use one of these other names?

Why is that, John? The Bible says in Philippians 2:5-11, “God exalted him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus is the only name of a religious leader that is used by our secular culture in such an offensive, disrespectful way. Yet the names of other famous religious figures are left untouched. In my over sixty-eight years I have never heard anyone exclaim, “Budda-on-a-crutch!!!” or “Awh-h-h-h…Mo (blank-de-blank) hammad!!!” Have you? Why, in our so called “enlightened” society is it considered politically incorrect and deeply frowned upon if someone were to besmirch the names of these other respected religious personalities but it’s okay to disrespect Jesus’ name and use it like profanity!

No, to the best of my memory I haven’t heard anyone use these other names that way. Yet I’ve heard the name of Jesus used in the most shameful ways ways I care not to repeat out of respect for my LORD. The list of profane uses of his name seemingly grows daily, as the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ continues to be defamed in new and creative ways. Why is that, John? Why is Jesus’ name chosen and not that of the others? Indeed, why did you use the name of Jesus as a swear word?

Many of today’s new parents pick a name for their new baby out a name book because it sounded good or they named it after a relative. However, in the ancient Middle East the name given a child had great significance. A name represented the parents’ hopes and aspirations for their child and often represented his or her purpose in life.

Jesus’ name means “Redeemer,” “Deliverer” and “Savior.” It literally means “the Lord is salvation”. Jesus name was representative of his mission in life. Jesus was to lay down his life for the sole purpose of saving humanity, delivering us from the tyranny of darkness and making the way open for us (for you, John) to know God personally. Jesus’ sacrificial death opened the only available door to a relationship with God. His resurrection soundly defeated the Devil by breaking his back and forever destroying the power Satan wielded in the lives of those who have repented and surrendered their wills to Jesus.

His name carries in its meaning all that Jesus is and all that he did for us. It’s no wonder that the Devil hates that Name and would influence people to ignorantly blaspheme it. That’s why he would choose that particular name to disrespect and not the names all the other religious icons.

Consider this; could the reason why so many clueless people pick the name of Jesus to degrade be a veiled and futile attempt to empty that name of its power and authority? Perhaps the name of Jesus makes them feel uncomfortable, because if Jesus is in fact all that his name implies then those who refuse to yield to the his Lordship would wish to devalue the message of the Gospel (which means good news!) by relegating the name of Jesus, and all his name represents, to nothing more than a swear word. Now John, I’m not saying that this was your intention but the resulting effect is the same.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The ways offered by these other religious founders, although well meaning, are all bogus. They don’t provide the only way to God as Jesus claims he does. There’s no power to save, deliver and heal in those other names. In fact, all the others were looking for the way to truth and life, not knowing that it was Jesus that they were seeking.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Like I said, John, I mean no offense to you personally. Indeed, I mean no offence to those who follow the teachings of these men. However, I hope you’ll seriously consider what I’m sharing with you. Buddha, Harrah Krishna, Confucius, Mohammad and so many others were probably sincere men who meant well. However, “the name that is above every name” is the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. And when he returns in power and majesty, all those who rejected Jesus will wish they had called on his name for salvation rather than using it for a swear word. I sincerely hope that this won’t be you, John.

Very soon every knee, including those of these religious founders, will bow and every tongue, including your tongue, John, will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. If you don’t do it now, repent and commit your life to Jesus Christ, you will do it when He returns. Only then, it will be too late for you.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (other than “Jesus”) under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Don’t wait until it’s too late, John. Please contact me if you would like to chat more about this all-important subject.

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)

Where are the nails that pierced His hands?                                                                Well the nails have turned to rust But behold the Man                                                   He is risen                                                                                                                     And He reigns                                                                                                                   In the hearts of the children                                                                                        Rising up in His name

Where are the thorns that drew His blood?                                                                  Well, the thorns have turned to dust                                                                              But not so the love                                                                                                          He has given                                                                                                                   No, it remains                                                                                                                    In the hearts of the children                                                                                           Who will love while the nations rage [2]

*See a video version of the message on YouTube at https://youtu.be/KhHUMQLr4Hg

Look for new posts from The Mad Preacher on Saturdays. 

[1] Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture references are taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

[2 ]While the Nations Rage by Rich Mullins from his album entitled, Songs. ©1996 Reunion

 

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