Have you ever wondered why the name "Jesus Christ" is one of the most commonly abused swear terms, in all of the English speaking world? I mean lets face it, no one is running around yelling 'Buddha' or 'Mohammed' or 'Ghandi' when they strike their thumb with a hammer. So why 'Jesus', or 'Christ' or both, as an expression of pain or frustration or anger?
When watching a movie or a TV show, in which a character uses The Lords name as a swear word, what do you do? How do you react? How does it make you feel?As a lover of The Lord , His name spoken as a swear word is entirely offensive. In fact, in reverence of our commitment to Him, I believe we should refuse to watch any program that dishonours His name. That being said, the whole concept of fallen man, repetitively using Jesus' name, is for us as believers, an incredible insight and reminder of who He is. For there is no other man in history, whose Name alone has stood for so very much. For every time this Name is used, and in whatever context, its significance is inadvertently proclaimed. 'Christ' means 'Anointed One' or 'Messiah'. Both terms speak clearly of Jesus' mission here on earth, as the One that God Himself sent to liberate mankind. The cable TV show 'Sons Of Anarchy', is unprecedented in its use of 'Jesus Christ', as a term of profanity. When the shows writers were asked why they used the term so repetitively, they responded by clarifying that the 'F' word was not allowed to be used in their scripts. The shows creator, Kurt Sutter, is quoted as saying he's not allowed to use the F-word. Or the word "retard." He also can't use his very favorite swear word. It's probably the most vulgar reference to female anatomy you can think of. Sutter wishes he could use any word he wants while writing Anarchy scripts, but he's pragmatic about the rules. The show lives, he says, in a world where the F-word does not exist. So how does he express the sense of authenticity and emotional registry that the word conveys?" 'Jesus Christ' is probably our replacement, ironically," Sutter says wryly. And he says the network keeps careful track of how often his writers use that expression as well.Ironic, is an understatement! But his admission that the use of Gods name is the writers way of 'expressing the sense of authenticity and emotion that the word conveys', speaks volumes. There is tremendous power in the name of Jesus Christ, and even those who choose to use His name recklessly or profanely, inadvertently declare its significance, while at the same time, and without any intention whatsoever, declare 'Jesus Christ's' name for who He is ; The Anointed One, The Liberator, The Saviour, The Deliverer. The One to whom at some time in the future, EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue confess, that He Is Lord. ( Phils 2:10 )When people choose to say His Name to express frustration or anger or even to emphasize a point, believers should instinctively recoil at its blatantly offensive misuse. For it's a Name so powerful and so expressive, that its use out of context is a grave error in judgement. The fact that it is the only name in the history of mankind, to be used as a term of profanity, speaks for its unprecedented significance. While at the same time, for those who know Him personally, a somber reminder of the potency His Name invokes. *. *. *. For the last decade and more, there have been endless attempts to have the name of Jesus, or the Christ of Christmas, removed from all government sponsored businesses, schools and civic buildings. And it's a robust effort. Parents pulling kids out of classrooms that convey Christmas by its intended term. Angry people, bent on chasing God from classrooms, just like they did with The Lords Prayer. 'Christ' they will say, has no place in the classroom or government buildings, or anywhere for that matter, outside of the distinct privacy of an individual's home. So to you I offer this, confident that my Christian brothers and sisters would fully endorse ; We will take the name of Christ out of all civic holidays, and secular events. But in turn, we simply ask the following : Take the Lords name out of every TV show and every movie ; every secular song where seemingly His name has become more popular than ever. Take Him and His name, out of all the manuscripts and screen plays that for no apparent productive reason, cannot seem to express His name often enough. Maybe then, we will consider taking Him out of our publicly Christmas traditions. For its abundantly apparent, that the very same ones, that wish to keep His name out of schools and traditional holidays, can't seem to get enough of Him when they finalize their manuscripts, or their Screen Plays, for TV or the big screen. And for those of us that love Him and hold His name dear, we can't get enough of Him either.