Have you ever heard of a person ‘assassinating someone’s character’? We understand that the meaning of this saying is that the person in whom is speaking is making ill or derogatory statements about another person which have the propensity to damage their subject’s reputation (Jer. 18:18). In Exodus 20:7, God gives the commandment which says,
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.”
In the Hebrew language, the word ‘vain’ comes from the ‘shaw,’ which means,
‘nothingness, emptiness, vanity, anything which disappoints the hope which rests upon it; it designates anything that is insubstantial, unreal, or worthless (whether materially or morally); it not only means profanity, but it includes using the Lord’s name (reputation) lightly or without thinking.’
This type of behavior is prevalent within the contemporary context. Even to the point wherein people within the Body of Christ have carelessly engaged in it. For this reason (among many others), we are continuously being instructed to
“…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…,” “…put off concerning the former conversation the old man…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man…,” and “…let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…” (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:22,23,29).
When we engage in this type of conversation and behavior, we diminish the character of God within the world’s view. Why should they view God as being anything we may have spoken about Him, when, in another breath, we have misrepresented Him to them with our characterizations about Him through our lack of reverence for the sacred nature of His name. We understand that a person’s name is closely associated with their character and reputation. So why would we be so malicious and slanderous in our treatment of the Lord’s name?
There are only two reason that explains this:
1) we have not yet learned to control our tongues, and/or 2) we are still seeking acceptance from others.
Either way, we are still guilty of desecrating the holiness of God’s nature, character and reputation. This is the antithesis of what we were created to do: bring glory to His name. We cannot in one breath bless God, and then turn around and diminish His character in another. This makes us ‘double-minded and unstable.’ This makes our testimonies untrustworthy, and therefore, it negates any of our previous conversations about ‘the God-ness of God.’ How so? For every good thing being said or done, all it takes is one negative word or deed to negate anything said or done previously and it has the power to cause reasonable doubt.
Spiritual assassins have the power tear down in one minute what has taken years to build. Therefore, let us be mindful of the words which flow from our lips in relation to both God and our fellow humanity. We are responsible and will be held accountable for every word that flows from our mouths…#thinkonthesethings