Oct 7, 2006

If You Hear His Name taken in Vain....

I heard a young man take the Holy Name of Jesus in vain today. He was angry with himself and was drinking too. It's difficult to reason with someone like this.

I was taught to strike my breast and quietly exclaim, "Jesus, Mercy!" when I heard the Holy Name of God used as an expletive. But it never seemed enough or very effective. Now I quickly fall to one knee before asking Jesus for mercy. So far, it has stopped further insults to God.

5 comments:

WOLFTRACKER said...

An absolutely beautiful idea. I will put it into practice in my own life. For who can argue with a genuflection, where one makes himself low before God as he asks for mercy on another.

It would take a real drunkard to ask the supplicant why he had dropped to one knee, hear the answer and not be moved.

M. Alexander said...

Very moving- thank you.

Jeff Culbreath said...

Wish I had the courage to do that at our next staff meeting. Imagine. Fifteen men around a table in a crowded conference room, the manager takes the name of Christ in vain for the umpteenth time, I scoot back my chair, move my briefcase, stand up, and genuflect with a prayer ... I don't know. I should do it, but sadly I don't think I will. I would be laughed out of the room. Maybe someday when I'm really converted.

Stephen L.M. Heiner said...

on these lines, you can check out W's review of Cinderella Man

Dust I Am said...

Stephen, thanks for directing me to TradReviews of Cinderella Man. I'm an "out of date" person regarding most new movies, but I like to read good reviews--perhaps one will persuade me to actually go to a theatre to see a movie someday! [Maybe one like "The Picture of Dorian Gray."]