Assimilation: The State and the Third Commandment

This is part of a series of posts on the sin of Assimilation. Click here to see the entire series.

Exodus 20: 7 says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”

The President of the United States swears an oath of office in which he affirms to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.”

Congressional office holders swear an oath in which they affirm to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States…so help me God.”

The oath of citizenship in the United States is an oath to “support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States…so help me God.”

Contrary to popular opinion, the Third Commandment does not primarily apply to people who use one of the names of God when they curse. Although that would rate as a violation of the commandment, it is a lesser offense and it is not the primary intention of the prohibition. To take the name of God in vain is to use His name in an official function or capacity, while having no intention of giving Him the honor that is due His name. The invocation of the name of God is something that should be done only in times of great gravity. Swearing an oath to uphold a position in one of the God ordained institutions of society is an example of one of those times. Swearing an oath to uphold a position in the State is included in the prohibition to use the name of God in vain.

Most of the official positions in the government of the United States require swearing an oath that invokes the name of God. As such, those oaths fall under the jurisdiction of the Third Commandment are are subject to the moral terms and conditions of those offices. God does not grant His monopoly authority to His “ministers” in the State without giving them specific, written instructions on how to apply His authority to the people. Those written instructions are found in the Bible. When an elected official swears the oath of office and does so with the expressed desire for the “help of God” he is asserting that he wants the will of God to be evidenced in his activities. However, when the oath simultaneously asserts that he is going to protect, uphold, and defend the Constitution of the United States (a document that I have proven to be 180 degrees contrary to the will of God recorded in the Bible) while at the same time invoking the presence of God to do so, a case of taking the name of God in vain has taken place.

It is not possible to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and uphold, protect and defend the name of God at the same time. They are mutually exclusive. The Constitution is a competing idol trying to rob God of His supreme authority. To invoke the name of God while swearing to uphold a system that is contrary to His revealed will is little more than mocking God. God will not be mocked. He will not leave anyone unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Christians have assimilated to the US culture by ignoring the fact that all of the oaths that they take (to serve in public office, to serve on a jury, to be an attorney, to be in the military, etc) to uphold the Constitution constitute a transgression of the Third Commandment. Furthermore, evangelicals have been assimilated because they have utterly lost sight of the fact that God still expects the first table of His Law to be enforced. The secular notion that a pluralistic society forbids the enforcement of civil sanctions against violators of the first three commandments has come to dominate evangelical thinking. God is no less interested in seeing the first table of His Law enforced now than He was two thousand years ago. The fact that Christians gave up the biblical position to the secular humanists without any fight whatsoever is a testimony to how much the heretical influence of Marcion (Marcion was the ancient heretic who argued that there were two gods: the nasty god of the Old Testament and the loving god of the New Testament. In his opinion, the Old Testament god had either died or was no longer of any influence in the world) has infected the minds of modern believers. The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament and that God demands that His commandments be obeyed, in all times and in all places. Assimilation to the misplaced value of patriotism has led Christians to be ashamed of the law of God.

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