February 19, 2019

Name in Vain - John 2:13-17

I am telling you when a movie or television show takes God's name in vain, it makes me madder than a hornet. And you know, it's just unbelievable that some PGs and almost all PG13 movies, and probably almost all, if not all R-rated movies do it repeatedly.

Family Discussions:

  1. When is it wrong to get mad?
  2. Why was Jesus righteously angry? 
  3. How can you stop those who take advantage of God or put him down?
  4. Why is it so wrong to take God's name in vain?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 You know in Hebrews it says, "The word of God is like a two-edged sword." And the scripture today from John 2, 13 through 17 is going to be the two-edged sword, so hang on tight. It says this in John 2, it says, "The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and he found in the temple, those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers who were seated at the tables. And he made a scourge of cords and drove them all out of the temple with the sheep and the oxen, and he poured out the coins of the money changers, and he overturned their tables. And to those who were selling the doves, He said, 'Take these things away. Stop making my Father's house a place of business.' His disciples remembered that it was written. 'Zeal for your house will consume me.'"

01:06 Boy, there is such a thing as righteous anger, and righteous anger is proper if it's used properly. I tell you, I honestly am so mad at Hollywood, at the movie industry and the television industry, and again, I come from a background of working with kids. And I come from a background of counseling and taking people through hurts and pains, and I am telling you when a movie or television show takes God's name in vain, it makes me madder than a hornet. And you know, it's just unbelievable that some PGs and almost all PG13 movies, and probably almost all, if not all R-rated movies do it repeatedly. Can you believe that, you know, my God, your God, has been so good. He's been so faithful. He's been so giving that I cannot support the industry that cuts him down with a penny.

02:02 I get so mad at the television set and that's why we've got a remote control to change the channel to, you know, a television set that repeatedly curses God and make Christians out to be wimps over and over again. You know, one time Ted Turner, who you know well developed CNN and Turner Network, he said, "Christianity is for losers." You know, we went through phases where as we're raising our kids with the whole TV thing, and they agreed to watch only one or two carefully selected shows a week on television and just took a brainwash vacation from the television. Well, anger in some ways is a sin, but when God's reputation is at stake, it's not. And today, God's reputation is being put at stake every single day. In business, people take his name in vain. In locker rooms, people take his name in vain. In conversations,

02:59 this whole "my God" or "Oh my God" or "Jesus Christ" or "God Almighty." It's taking God's name empty. It's taking God's name in vain and that stuff made Jesus mad. It makes anyone who loves God mad. You know, the money changers of the temple are everywhere. Some use the church or the TV. You know, church to get, you know, wealthy. Some curse God to sound cool or to fit into the crowd and some really don't care. The Bible says, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." And it says, "Don't reward anger for anger." But loving God means living for God and his reputation so that you'll do anything to protect it.

03:44 And here's the questions for today. When is it wrong to get mad? And the second question is, why was Jesus righteously angry? And then practically speaking, how can you stop those who take advantage of God or put him down? A friend of mine would hear a guy say, "Jesus Christ!," and he would say, "Do you know Him?" And then he began to engage in conversation with that man. Lastly, why is it so wrong to take God's name in vain? And here's the a lifeline for the day: home, the home, the house is a refuge for God.

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