Sunday January 7, 2018 Name

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:9-11

There are a great many people who are recognized by just saying one name: Shakespeare, Cleopatra, Cher, Elvis, Galileo, Einstein, Pele, Ali… just to name a few.  They are recognizable and no one is confused about who you are speaking about.  Some are even people who are admired but none demand the deference of Jesus.

St Paul when he wrote these words inspired the church to always remember that Jesus was the alpha and the omega.  He wanted to instill the love and awe that Jesus deserved.  There have been and will never be, a name above the name of Jesus. St Augustine wrote: Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. We are called then, to worship and hold Jesus in an exalted place in our hearts, our minds and our tongues.

What then do we do when we hear Jesus name used not as an exaltation but as a curse?  How can we who are believers allow His name to be blasphemed and uttered in anger or frustration instead of praise?  Today in a world where being politically correct is important, I think it is not only okay but right to ask those offending to choose other ways to express their displeasure in my presence.  Only by asking will anything ever change.  Just like creating awareness of prejudice or sexual abuse in the workplace can anything ever change.  If I turn away or pretend it is not happening, I dishonor my God as much as those who utter the curse.

Lord, give me strength to defend Your HOLY name.  The name that is above every name.  I lift my praise to You and always celebrate Your presence and power in my life today. 

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