Summary: Sermon on the third commandment.
AM Sermon preached at Central Christian Church
#4 in God’s Top Ten Sermon Series (10 Commandments/3rd Commandment)
“There IS Something About That Name…”
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The game show is Jeopardy. The contestant says “Alex, I’ll take Occupational Dialogue for $100.” Alex, the game show host then explains to the contestant, “See if you can guess the occupation of this first person from this job-related quote.” Think you can handle it? How about we give it a try?
Here’s your first job-related quote….
“Would you like fries with that?”
Fast-food restaurant worker/someone who works at a drive-through
“After your miter the boards, you’ll nail them together with a galvanized #10.”
Carpenter or construction worker.
“With the recent fluctuations in commodities I wouldn’t advise that move.”
Stock broker/investment counselor.
“Man, I can’t wait for Spring Break!” Junior High or High School Teacher
“Considering the frequency of infections, a tonsillectomy is in order.” Doctor
Just one more…
“He’s broke free! Touchdown! And the Bears win the Super Bowl!”
I hope that’s what I hear from next week’s sports caster.
Seriously now---we can tell a lot about a person by the things we hear them say. And please don’t take offense in what I’m about to say but instead understand I say it with a burden on my heart---The fact is when we hear someone in anger say “Jesus Christ” or when we hear someone say in a moment of surprise or shock “Oh, my God” or when we hear someone tack the word “damn” onto God’s name with regularity so it’s G-D this and G-D that---it really does tell us a lot about that person, doesn’t it? It’s lets us in on the fact that they do not really know, love and respect God.
Years ago audiences were shocked when Rhett Butler in the Movie Gone With The Wind used profanity to let his former lover know he didn’t care what happened to her. And frankly folks, we’ve come a long, long ways since then. We can hardly read a novel, watch a movie or television show or even walk through a mall without hearing someone blurting out some profanity spattered with God’s name.
Mike Breaux suggests that people who regularly swear and drag God’s name into their gutter talk fall into one of three categories. [SLIDE] He says they’re either uninformed, uncontrolled or unsaved. Mike says uninformed people use God’s name in profanity. He says some people just don’t know that it’s wrong. Every parent can relate to this idea because we’ve been through one of those moments when our little girl or little boy proudly threw the new word they learned on the playground into one of their comments. And for some unknown reason they always seem to do it when company’s present. I remember my brother telling me how he and a handful of students had been asked to join one of Lincoln Christian College’s professors for dinner. At one point during the meal this professor’s young son chimed in with something like “Pass me the blanking butter, please” After his Dad picked his jaw up from the floor, he asked his son “WHAT did you say?” The boy proudly repeated himself. “I said, ‘Pass me the blanking butter.’” The prof said, “That’s what I thought you said. “Come with me. We’re going to have a little talk.” After that talk that young boy knew that that word he’d used was not acceptable to his father.