I really really hate it when some people refer to the Lord merely as “Him”! Like when people (for example, in a birthday message) say… “Always remember to thank Him”. Yeah… I get it! I know you meant GOD, but is it so difficult to say His name? At least say His name once before using the pronoun!
Sometimes, others would use terms such as, “the man up there” or something similar to that.
It’s not like you’ll turn to ashes when you say “the Lord” or “Jesus” or “God” or “Savior” or “the Father”!
He’s not Voldemort, you know!
Address Him properly and use His name with reverence.
Do not resort to euphemisms when mentioning the name of the Lord, for the Lord’s name is not offensive but redemptive.
What reasons could you possibly have not to mention God’s name… especially if you are a Christian? To be politically correct? To not offend non-Christians? To be safe?
As Christians, know in your heart that Jesus never played it safe or became politically correct in order not to offend the powers that be in Israel.
So to should we, as Christians, imitate Christ…
1 John 2:6 – “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
John 13:15 – “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”
By playing it safe and being careful not to offend the world, you end up offending the only One that should really matter in your life.
My family and I quite recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit one of the better (and bigger) theme parks here in the Philippines… “Enchanted Kingdom”. Imagine a mini Disneyland in your mind… got it? Now cut that imaginary image in half! LOL!
But still, it is pretty big. In fact, it might be the largest (in terms of land space) in our country.
The last time I visited this place was way back in 1995 when the establishment just opened. So, you can pretty much gather that I was just as excited as my two kids who were visiting the place for the very first time. Similarly, my wife hasn’t been there for a while and was raring to go.
We were like giddy tourists… camera in hand, food in the van, and extra clothes in the bag.
Though we had “All-Day” passes (similar to “Ride-All-You-Can” tickets), we still had to contend with long lines. And the areas where these long lines were situated didn’t have enough ventilation… so you can somehow make out how humid and smelly these queues were… Ewwww.
The past few days, GMA-7 has been slowly revealing the contestants for the upcoming celebrity edition of “Survivor Philippines”. All I can say is, “Thank God I chose NOT to take the offer”.
You see, a few months ago I was rung up by one of GMA-7’s execs asking me if I would be interested to join the upcoming 3rd season of Survivor Philippines. They further elaborated that for this celebrity edition they’ve been planning to put me in if I was “game”. They told me to come over to their office to discuss the deal in detail.
After the call, I pondered upon the prospect of being away for countless days in an isolated island away from the Philippines. Then I imagined myself stranded in a deserted place, amongst individuals who will do anything to win a coveted prize and title.
And though, the prize is tempting enough for anyone to blindly pursue… the thought of being away from my family for a month with no communication at all was too heavy a trade for me.
I turned down the offer.
Some may say I made a stupid choice… others may think I had cowardly forgone an opportunity that many could only dream of. Possibly. But still… no dice.
If I probably was still single with no kids to look after… maybe I’d reconsider. But that’s a big maybe.
I’d still have to wrestle with the idea of us contestants being a spectacle to millions of people akin to a goldfish inside an aquarium. Not to mention the possibility of compromising my morals and character to “survive” if need be. Do I really want to subject myself to such circumstances?
Nuh-uh! No thanks.
I’d rather be on the other side of the television set, if you know what I mean. :)
Nevertheless, I wish all the castaways the very best.
Besides… aren’t we all participating in our very own “Survivor”? Vying for a reward much much more valuable than millions of dollars?
The mechanics are simple: Love God. Love your neighbor. Serve the needy. Spread the Good News.