Friday, April 26, 2013

Taking the Lord's name in vain and our national culpability

During his speech to the Planned Parenthood abortion business today, President Barack Obama asked God to bless the number one abortion performer in the United States.

Here is how he ended his speech:

“As long as we’ve got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way,” said Obama. “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”

There is a term for invoking the name of the Almighty so carelessly (and flippantly) to imply a "blessing" upon an organization responsible for the murder of millions of innocent children.

It is called taking the Lord's name in vain. It is a particularly grievous sin which God, who is quite zealous about the appropriate invocation of his name, takes quite seriously.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7 ESV)
Moreover, the implication that an evil organization like Planned Parenthood is somehow worthy of divine blessing calls to mind another rather explicit Scriptural passage.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
(Isaiah 5:20 ESV) 
Still, before we rush to throw stones at President Obama, let us consider our own culpability. The fact that we as a nation have raised up a leader who can be so careless in invoking the Lord's name, and so callous in disregarding the lives of the innocent, is more an indictment on us as a nation than it is on the leader we have raised up.

Lord, have mercy upon us. 
Christ, have mercy upon us. 
Lord, have mercy upon us.