God's Name in Vain by Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


When we stand in the direct sunbeam of God’s light do we open our hands in peace to others or in a gesture of condemnation? Do we open our hearts and accept people where they are in this life, love the sinner not the sin or do we shake our hand at them? Are we using God’s name in vain when we condemn others? Or are we using God’s name when we choose to love each person unconditionally regardless of their choices?

If someone were to record our voices and we listened to our tone, our words and our emotions would we be pleased with what we would hear or would we want to erase the recording? Without a doubt there are causes we should stand up for, laws we want to pass, actions we have a passion to change but would God condone anyone of us judging the person, condemning their soul, with full knowledge hurting them in His name?

God is love. Jesus Christ came to this world as a rebel with a cause to set this world straight. He the son of God did not do it with hate, disdain, name calling or cruelty. He spoke with kindness and peace, he loved unconditionally, he touched the lepers, he forgave the sinners without stoning anyone and he is the Son of God. He came to teach us how to love and live. He is the example to follow. If you claim Christianity then follow the guidelines that Christ Himself taught nowhere did he ever say hate, condemn or tear down another human being.

Only you know in your heart if you open your hands with the peace of Christ to others of if you take God’s name in vain and condemn others. God gave us the freewill to do as we please in this lifetime but at some point we will pay the consequences for all the choices we have made. What choices are you making?

Copyright 2010 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


About Author

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp - mom of 4 teens/wife for 20+ years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and the ability to recognize God. She is a retreat director at Sacred Heart Academy HS. She just earned her MA in Pastoral Ministry as well as a certification in spiritual direction.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for this eye-opening article. I am a Catholic married to a non-Catholic spouse. (Long story behind that.) After reading your article I paused and found that I do indeed tend to judge and condemn my spouse (in my own mind, not verbally or out loud) rather than recognize that he too is a child of God. I live in agony hoping, praying for his conversion. Thank you for your article. Perhaps I can find kind words like Jesus did to teach His ways to my spouse so that my spouse’s heart my someday be opened.

    God Bless.


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