Has anyone ever called you a bad name? It really hurt, right? Nobody likes to be spoken to in a mean way. It feels terrible to be yelled at, picked on, or made fun of. When it happens, it makes us sad.
God feels the same way when anyone takes His name in vain. Sometimes people say terrible things about God, and these words are hurtful to Him. God loves us so much that He even gave us His only Son, and He only gives us the best. Since God is perfect, He should never be insulted with bad words and His name should always be held in the greatest respect.
God gave us our senses so we can be part of this world. He gave us eyes to see, ears to hear, fingers to feel, noses to smell, and mouths to speak. He wants us to use these senses for good things. When we use our gift of speaking to say bad things, it is a sin that hurts our relationship with God. When we say bad words or hurt people with our language, it is a sin. When we direct this bad behavior at God, it is a horrible sin.
The Second Commandment is “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”
Your name is what you use to identify yourself. When someone says “Who are you?” your first answer is always to give your name. When Moses asked God who He was, God answered that He is “I AM,” which means that He is and always is. God’s name is so special that we should never ever use it in a bad way.
How can we follow the Second Commandment?
God wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. God would never use your name in a bad way or say bad things about you. He wants all of us to respect His name like He respects our names. You would never call your teacher a bad name or take your parents' names in vain.
God, Who is above all people, deserves the highest respect possible. God gave us the Blessed Mother, Saints, Angels and all holy people. He wants us to show love and honor to them, too. We should show respect and love for all things relating to the Church, even rosaries, holy medals, crucifixes, holy cards and holy water.
We use God’s name in a good way whenever we make the Sign of the Cross. We say “In the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Notice how we say “In the Name,” that’s because we are showing respect for His Holy Name. We keep the Second Commandment every time we use God’s name respectfully. One way to show respect is to bow our heads whenever we hear His name.
We use God’s name in a sinful way if we insult Him. ...