The Second Commandment - Use Words to Honor God and God's People
by Deacon Tom
“Way cool!” said Nicky. He was happy because Uncle Shemp was taking Nicky and Amanda to a Memorial Day parade! It was a warm day in the city as the summer was beginning. Amanda studied in school that Memorial Day was a day when all the people remembered those who had given their life for their country.
In their city, there were always parades for big events. The parades had marching bands that played great music, colorful floats dedicated to the theme and many of the city’s famous people. Nicky and Amanda were very happy to be going. Uncle Shemp also brought along his friend Joe. Joe was older than Nicky and Amanda but still a little younger than their very old uncle Shemp. Amanda used to tease her Uncle Shemp saying, “He is so old that he even had grey hair.” She loved to tease her Uncle because she knew he loved her with all his heart and that he was always having fun.
During the parade, Joe got really excited about the music and started to shout out loud. Next, an ugly scene happened. Joe lost his temper and said some very nasty words. Joe was red in the face and waved his hands all around. Nicky covered his ears because he knew that from his training about loving God and one another that nasty words were not what God wanted us to say. Amanda just stood there with her mouth opened—she was embarrassed. Uncle Shemp did his best to stop Joe.
After the fuss was over, Joe apologized to everyone, including Uncle Shemp, Nicky and Amanda. Joe said he had a problem with anger and that sometimes he said things that were offensive to others. He said he was especially sorry about saying nasty things about God. Joe said, “God tells us in the Second Commandment that we should not use his name in vain.” I used God’s name in vain and I am sorry. Now Nicky was not really sure what “in vain” meant but he knew it was important to respect for the Lord's name and Joe’s angry words did not respect God. Uncle Shemp said that Nicky had it 100% right!
Finally, Uncle Shemp added that he was very happy that Nicky and Amanda did not use bad words or have anger problems. Plus, he was always proud of them for the way that they always respected other people. For their reward, Uncle Shemp and Joe took Nicky and Amanda to the ice cream stand and bought them a big ice cream cone when the parade ended.
My friends, it is always important to respect God and all of God’s people by using good words and not using nasty words. Even though others may use curse words to act cool, we all know that God has a special love for those who use their words to make the world a better place.
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