“Oh, my God you’re so cute,” a teacher exclaimed to Caleb, my four year old.
Without hesitating, he replied, “That’s not nice to say about God. The 10 Commandments say so.”
The woman sheepishly apologized, then turned and walked away.
I was, I’m ashamed to admit, embarrassed that my son had corrected an adult. My first thought was that he was being sassy and had over-stepped his boundary. We are trying to teach our kids to respect adults, especially teachers.
My reaction, I think, is part of a bigger cultural acceptance to OMG. It’ everywhere: on commercials, texts, Facebook, and even on the side of buses. We’ve become deaf to the real offense that it is.
Except Caleb is not deaf to it. He is offended and actually shocked that someone would take the Lord’s name in vain. We live in a world where what’s acceptable is to be accepting.
OMG should be deeply offending. As Christians it should give us pause and even, if you’re like my son, the courage to stand up and say that it’s just plain wrong. But really, I think, it’s even bigger than just three letters. I think it’s finding the courage to stand up for your beliefs. Are you living out loud? Are you willing to stand up for your faith?