Oh My God- What a Great Rate!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Godprints, Signboard | 0 comments

I recently received an ad about mortgages.  The glossy letter was topped by the words, “OMG- What a great rate!”  (For the “cell phone challenged” among us, “OMG” is a commonly used texting abbreviation meaning “Oh My God!”)

Really?  Invoking the Name of our Creator over an interest rate?  Yes, God cares about every detail about our lives.   But the casual use of the expression “Oh My God!” can’t help but bring the following verse to mind:

Ex 20:7

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. KJV

Or, as Eugene Peterson wrote in his paraphrase called “The Message”…

No using the name of GOD, your God, in curses or silly banter; GOD won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name. (from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. All rights reserved.)

How often do we allow “silly banter” to replace the awe that we should have for our infinite God?  The “silly banter” in this advertisement pales in significance when compared to the “rate” that God offers us.  Here are a couple more familiar verses…

John 3:16…

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV

And Ephesians  2:8-9…

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. NIV

 Because of God’s love, He GAVE.  Salvation- meaningful  life- is a GIFT!  Now, that’s a better rate than any bank could ever offer. 

Oh My God!!!


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