Respecting God means using his name in reverence.  The third commandment in the Bible reminds us of its importance: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).

Sadly, it’s all too common for Americans to use God’s name disrespectfully. We see it in movies, music, and any public setting. George Washington became frustrated when he saw others choosing to defame God. He issued the following order during the American Revolution:

“The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice, of profane cursing and swearing (a Vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavour to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it.”

The Scout Law invites Scouts to show reverence. A Scout expresses his love for God when a Scout uses God’s name with kindness and gratitude.

(Based on excerpt from Scoutmaster’s Minute)

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