“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
Last week, my friend Maria was telling me about the VeggieTales version of the Ten Commandments, and we had to look them up. They’re from “Moe and the Big Exit”; I’ve never seen that particular one, but it’s apparently Western-themed.
I was especially struck by the third one: “When y’all use my name, y’better mean it.” It’s a fantastic way to phrase it.
The Jews ended up going to extremes to avoid breaking this commandment. They decided that if they never used God’s name, then they would definitely never use it incorrectly. Eventually, they avoided using it so thoroughly that, although scholars can make solid deductions, no one knows for sure now how the Hebrew name of God was pronounced.
The Jews may have followed the letter of the law, but they missed the point. Using God’s name is not a problem; using it without any respect or consideration is.
You certainly don’t have to avoid God’s name completely. But don’t go in the other direction and use it thoughtlessly either.