It is not hard to pick up OMGs these days, especially living in a time when the colossus of “slang” keeps gorging on humans.
Before digging deep in the matter bear in mind the following scriptural reference:
“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.” (Ex. 20:7)
Exodus 20 verse 7 is a command and a consequence. The command is don’t take God’s name in “vain” and the consequence is judgment. This should seize our attention!
“In vain” here, according to Matthew Poole is: “To use the Name of God, either in oaths or in common discourse, lightly, rashly, irreverently, or unnecessarily, or without weighty or sufficient cause.”
Now take stock of “OMG”- which is disambiguated abbreviation of “Oh my God” or some more genteel say “Oh my Gosh.” OMG was first used in 1917 by a celebrity news and gossip website.
Excessive text-lingo and Internet usage have made use of this expression far worse. And so, people speak quickly and mindlessly and it is so very easy to type in “OMG” without even thinking about it. Is that consistent with reverence for our God?
And finally this is no surprise either that too many Christians in moments of excitement or dismay recklessly say or type “OMG.” And the answer to the question “Is it OK for a Christian to drop OMG’s (Oh, my God!)?” is plainly NO.
And this NO is for the reason that God’s name corresponds to His God-ness. His Name has to do with His essence and His actions. In plain words, God’s Name is about who God is and what He does. This is precisely why you will notice a strong connection between glory, worship and God’s Name. Here are some examples:
“Glory in His holy Name…. “ 1 Chronicles 16:10
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name; worship the Lord in the splendour of holiness.” (Psalms 29:2)
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalms 115:1)
And truthfully, so many Christians do this all of the time. Many Christians who use “OMGs” are simply pleasant people who obviously love the Lord but it is because we all just don’t hear using OMG called sin anymore?
The question which we all need to confront is, “ Are our hearts so hardened to the reckless use of His Name?” Thanks to, the company we keep and all the junk; the so-called entertainment that we fill our minds with, that we just didn’t notice when we started doing it and started using it much too often.
But… here’s what needs to be done. If you carelessly got indulged in the sin of using God’s Name as a casual word when you get upset or excited, then you need to stop. And not just stop, but start regarding God’s Name as holy and uncommon.
It is a challenging task to alter your every day language as it is something that is very hard to change. In the heat of such moments when we grow angry or are surprised, we become liable to ignore what comes out of our mouths.
However, we need to consider the words that come out of our mouths. Always keep in your mind that, it is, as the Bible says; a trademark for an unbeliever to take God’s Name in vain:
…Your enemies take your name in vain. (Psalm 139:20)