You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 5:11)
There are always people making wrongful use of God’s name. We are not just talking about names here… but reputations. Making wrongful use of someone’s name isn’t just trashing someone’s name or disrespecting someone’s name… it is giving someone a bad name.
Whenever people who claim to be followers of God, good church folk, or caring Christians act badly… I think that is making wrongful use of God’s name. It gives God a bad name. People who claim to be Christians are bearers of God’s name… so they better be the real deal.
What’s in a name? Trustworthiness… reputation… promise. God’s name has a tough enough time in this day and age… let’s not make it worse, let’s make it better!