“Oh my God” should be banned from everyone’s speech… PERIOD! But what about OMG? I very strongly think OMG should be banned from everyone’s speech as well. Ok, I get it. When you use that acronym you mean “Oh my gosh!” or “oh my goodness”. Or maybe you mean “off my game” or “over my grave”. You could mean anything.
I get it. But guess what? How do you feel about causing a sister in Christ to stumble? Yep, that’s me! The girl you are causing to stumble. Every time I see OMG all I can think of is Oh my God, and it literally is heartbreaking every time.
On my page I can choose words to ban, so if you use OMG in a phrase it gets blocked or deleted. Here’s why: as much as you may think it’s harmless, let’s take a look at where it was derived from.
We all know oh my gosh and goodness is a shifted form of oh my God so we think we aren’t using God’s name in vain. That’s the reality of it. And what are you really saying when you say oh my gosh or oh my goodness? What is your gosh? What is your goodness?
Did you know gosh is considered an oath and only God is good?
The Bible has some important things to say on these words.
We must let our yes be yes and no be no. We should not make oaths. Matthew 5:33-37
You may also think it to be derived from golly. But here is the thing: at some point in time, someone who was rightly offended by the use of using the Lord’s name in vain decided to shift it to a more PG version, so they added golly, then gosh. Or how about gee wiz, or even holy cow? Aren’t they harmless. These are all direct derivatives from taking God’s name and trashing it as nothing. It is a big lie from Satan. Gee wiz is the “good form” or Je-sus or Jeeze. Holy cow is derived from when Moses was on the mountain and the people made a cow out of gold to worship. ALL of it is Satan’s attempt at replacement theology and we need to pray really hard about how to proceed.
If you are saying oh MY goodness then this is a slight turn of the truth that Satan has etched right into your heart. “Oh My Goodness.” Every time you say that, you are going right back to the Fall. Adam and Eve’s original sin of wanting to BE God. Yikes! Only God is good, so by saying Oh MY Goodness, it is about YOUR goodness rather than God’s. Is that right?
Most importantly, God’s name is holy. To use his name without thought or as an empty phrase is a huge sin. Exodus 20:7
There are so many forms of God replacements, such as a simple OH MY or OH MY WORD. For me, words matter. Saying OH MY or OH MY WORD is also not good because it is putting trust in YOU rather than God. It goes back to Satan’s lies and deception, even if it is small. The smallest of fractures cause the largest of cracks. The biggest idol there is, is the idol of self… us wanting to be God. I choose to do a better job of stepping off the throne of my heart and allowing God to have it all. I am not perfect but to exclaim OH MY or OH MY WORD is putting it all back on me. It is not about me or my word, it is about God and God’s Word!
Ever since I got saved I can’t handle hearing anyone say the Lord’s name in vain. It’s worse than any curse word anyone could ever use. When I hear it, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. My soul hurts and my heart breaks.
No matter how the letters OMG are used in your own mind, please consider others and try to love them well by not using it. Consider loving God well by not using it. Consider spreading the truth about OMG and help others not use it. This is a bigger deal than you might think.
Our Father, in Heaven.
HOLLOWED BE YOUR NAME. (Hollowed means holy)
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:9-10 ESV
Did you catch that? God’s name is holy. It must be holy.
God’s name is not holy here on earth. Jesus told us to pray that God’s kingdom would come and His will be done. But where? On earth like it is already in heaven. That cannot happen if His name is not holy. Yes it will happen. We know every knee will bow and tongue will confess.
My question to you though is, “Do you want to see God on judgement day and have have Him say to you that your words were careless when it came to His name?
I encourage you to simply say WOW. It means what it means and is three short letters like the bad one. Even simpler to type I might add.
Share with other believers the root of gosh and goodness.
Let’s get rid of that awful acronym that flies in the face of our holy holy holy God!!
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