Speaking in Vain

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on August 20, 2008

I have heard about the Rasmussen Report. It seems like the Gallup of the new age.
Recently, the reports show JSM pulling ahead of BHO. While it is a bit early, the candidates are fighting for momentum to carry them into November. America loves a winner. If a candidate is perceived to be winning, then more people will jump on the bandwagon. This applies to the war in babylon as well. Happy talk in the press is part of the surge strategy.
Peach Pundit had a story about another Rasmussen poll. I follow the link to the website. On the home page are two paid ads for JSM. HMMM.

In my unpaid role as resident non Jesus Worshiper, I left the following comment at TwentyTwoWords yesterday.
” I sometimes feel that I am the only non believer that comments here.
You might consider that not everyone is impressed by your religion.
Many shortcomings…selfishness, meanness, lack of respect for others…can be found in thoughtless, inappropriate preaching. Just because you are doing it for Jesus does not make it any less offensive. It also reflects poorly on Jesus”
To which another reader replied: “@Chamblee: You’re right, preachers can taint their own message. Can you expand on what you mean by thoughtless, inappropriate preaching?” Oh my. This is going to take more than twenty two words. I wonder if twenty two volumes could cover it all.
There are many, many examples of inappropriate preaching. I am just going to scratch the surface here. I would like to get out and ride my bike before it gets dark outside.
There are two quotes that help. One is from a motivational speaker:
“You need to sell yourself first, your company second, and your product third.” The second is the third commandment: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy G-d in Vain…”
Anyone can read to you from the Bible. Not everyone that does this has worthy motives. Some are crooks and thieves. For a person to preach to another, there needs to be TRUST. If you do not trust the person who is preaching to you, then that person is speaking in vain.
Trust has a brother named RESPECT. When you preach to a person who does not care for your message, you are showing disrespect to that person. When you preach without mutual respect you are speaking in vain.
This is not just the person you are talking to. It is everyone who comes in contact with your message. This is not just the words you speak, but your actions, the chrome fish on your car, the catchy phrase on your t shirt, and the Bible you make a show of carrying around. When you preach without trust and respect, you are speaking in vain.
We are all G-d’s children. When you disrespect the children of G-d, you disrespect G-d. And when you speak without trust and respect, you are speaking in vain.

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  1. limpdance said, on August 21, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Your comments are right, and supported by the bible I think.

    Telling someone the good news about Jesus is a subset of loving your neighbour as yourself. Even the apostle Paul asked the Colossians to pray that God would open a door for him to preach the word; Sometimes a christian (like me) is tempted to ram the door down.

  2. Heathen Hunt « Chamblee54 said, on August 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    […] third commandment says to not use the name of G-d “in vain”. There is a post from August of 2008 that deals with this issue. It will be repeated as part two of this post. Ironically, PG was […]

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