"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain."
Whether I attend in person or just listen online to Lon Solomon, senior pastor at McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia, I always hear more than I bargain for. And sometimes, more than I want to hear.
Lon, a converted Jew, is highly knowledgeable, no nonsense almost to a fault, totally devoted to teaching the Word of God as it is written, and highly articulate and effective in his delivery. Lon refuses to soft-peddle and water down the Gospel in any way. He does not preach to make us feel good.
And, several years ago, he brought me, mercifully, to the Risen Christ, while attending McLean.
Today, I had the privilege of hearing Lon's message live at McLean. It was worth braving these Nor'easter elements outside in order to sit in that large auditorium and take in his message.
He's currently doing a series on the Ten Commandments, and today he talked on the Third Commandment God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. If you think this one is just about watching your words, then think again.
Lon shows us a much deeper meaning of not taking the Lord's name in vain. It's surely not an easy message to give. It's certainly not an easy message to hear.
It calls us to an all-encompassing lifestyle, where we endeavor at all times to honorably bear the name of Jesus Christ with dignity and honor in the eyes of an onlooking and critical world.
Easier said than done by a long shot. But hearing Lon's sermons raises the bar of how I want to strive to live.