I sometimes see this, people who get so… vexed with me that they start spouting, “IN THE NAME OF JESUS, STOP YOUR INSULTS!”
IN THE NAME OF JESUS, STOP EATING THOSE CHEETOS!
DON’T TALK TO THOSE SINNERS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
IN THE NAME OF JESUS, I COMMAND MY WALLET TO GIVE ME MONEY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
You know what this sounds like? An incantation. The name of Jesus is now reduced to mere magical words one merely has to bellow in order to achieve the effect he’s looking for. It’s not spoken out of faith or conviction, it’s simply a mantra or vain repetition. It’s ironic because it irritates me to no end, so those who see that think my irritation is a result of all the crazy demons inside me that are churning in uneasiness and fear over hearing the name of Jesus. No, it’s just me trying to restrain myself from slapping you one.
It never once occurs to them that they’re in essence using the Lord’s name in vain, and it is them who dishonors God by reducing Him to a magical phrase.