Blaspheming God’s Name By Actions

Question: Would believers not obeying God, thus “embarrassing “ God, be a
form of taking the Lords name in vain?

This is an interesting question and I think it makes a valid biblical point. In Romans Paul says this to his hypothetical Jewish reader. “You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Rom. 2:23-24 ESV)

We could extend that logic and say that we who bear the name of Christ run the same risk. If we boast in Christ but live unholy lives, we invite the world to blaspheme his name. Though we are not forming the words on our own lips the outcome is the same.  By our hypocrisy we expose the name of Christ to abuse.

Let us remind ourselves that we’ve been appointed to be salt and light in this wicked age.  Salt must not lose its saltiness and light must not be hidden under a bushel. If there is unrepentant sin in our lives, we need to turn, confess and bring our lives under submission to His Lordship.