Grow • Devotion 1

Blasphemy is Illegal
Dr. Randy Johnson

The ruling in People vs. Ruggles (1811) declared, “Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.” The founding fathers understood the importance of Christianity. The government was not to interfere with Christianity, but the government wanted Christianity’s presence. The government protected Christianity’s existence.

I read a story that amused me. There was a man who became profane about Jesus Christ and the Bible both in written and spoken settings. The courts said it was blasphemy and the man was fined $500.00 and jailed for three months. The court said if you have attacked Jesus Christ, you have attacked Christianity. If you attack Christianity, you have attacked the foundation of the United States. Therefore, using the Lord’s name in vain is an attack on the United States. Blasphemy is illegal.

It is clear that our founding fathers knew the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:7 says, “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.” In America, taking the Lord’s name in vain is wrong, illegal, and punishable. I do not think the jails and prisons have enough room for all the guilty parties today. We should at least fine them.

Psalm 9:17 is a little scary, “The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.” Has our country forgotten God? Do our legislators still protect and promote Christianity? Forgetting God is dangerous.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, we have the solution for our back-sliding country, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We need to express our need for God, pray, seek God, and repent. Then God will hear us, forgive us, and heal us.

We need the Lord.

We know it is wrong to use the Lord’s name in vain, but it is also wrong to remain silent, stagnate, and indifferent.


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