This post was quickly written. One of the reasons is that I cannot control when I am inspired. The other reason is that it is out of my comfort zone. So, instead of over thinking this post and whether I should or shouldn’t post it…I posted it. You may not like what I’ve said or what is contained in the video. I get that. I really do. I think it has merit and it forces me to ask some questions about how I live and understand my faith. Hopefully you will be challenged, too.
Often I hear people warning about taking the Lord’s name in vain as a warning about cussing. We cannot swear using God’s name, GD this…or, GD that. I get it. One of my responses to my friends was, “Thank goodness, God isn’t easily swayed or we’d all be in trouble.”
As I was writing that last sentence I started to think that this was one of the things that happened in the Garden of Eden. We started to think we could boss God around. Almost like John and James wanting to call fire down from heaven on the people that rejected them.
But taking the Lord’s name in vain means so much more. We take the Lord’s name in vain when we live in a way contrary to the Name we claim. When I claim to be a Christian and hate, seek revenge, and harbor un-forgiveness in my heart, I take the Lord’s name in vain.
I just watch this video by Peter Rollins at the Poets, Prophets, and Preachers Conference entitled “I Deny the Resurrection.” He is asked whether he denies the resurrection and he gives his answer.
Just like taking the Lord’s name in vain, you might find that his denial of the resurrection doesn’t mean what you think it means. Perhaps you will see, as I have been learning about my life as a Christian, that our actions do speak louder than our words.
You may not like what Rollins has written. I know I don’t always agree with him. Frankly, my head often hurts when reading him. You may not like what he says here, or has said in the past. You may not even know who he is.
Rollins’ point, in this case, is one that I think needs our consideration.
Do we/you/I deny the resurrection? Do we/you/I take the Lord’s name in vain?