Pastor Brian Gilroy,
High Prairie Church of the Nazarene.

All too often when I hear people speak or read comments on the web, I want to say, “Really?”

It is not because of the message or point of view that they are expressing as we live in a country and a province where free speech and the exchange of ideas is encouraged.

My mind defaults to the comment, “Really?” when I hear phrases or see acronyms that disrespect God.

Why is it that our society has normalized the use – of the use of God, the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit as expressions of surprise, frustration, or a normalized part of speech? The level of disrespect goes beyond a limited vocabulary, a bad influence, or the vernacular of the group within which you are talking with.

This level of disrespect exceeds the realm of humanity as it is a direct insult to the Creator of the universe.

Why is it we are more likely to diss God than the prophetic leaders of other religions? I believe it has to do with a greater respect for those leaders and a greater fear of reprisal or rebuke from their followers than a reprisal from God.

In the fifth Chapter of the Book of Acts, we read the story of a couple who intentionally lied to the leadership of the church. In verses, 1-11, we read a man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold a piece of land and decided to give a portion of the proceeds to the early church. The problem was not the donation but the intent to deceive.

In the preceding chapter, a man named Barnabas had sold a piece of property and given the total proceeds to the church as a gift to God. He was praised for his sacrificial giving. Ananias and Sapphira wanted this form of recognition as well.

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