"If you violate the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you.” - Joshua, as he was nearing death, warned his people not to turn from their God. The lives of the Israelites were permeated by the presence of God. God was in everything they did and he blessed them wonderfully. It seems God has now become a by-product in American society. We pull his name off the shelf and try to plug it in here and there when it is politically or socially expedient. We conduct shallow votes and entertain shallow arguments about where it might be most advantageous to use the name of God. We throw his name about as a filler word in our language when we want to express strong emotion.
Jesus' mother, Mary, recognized his holy nature and the holiness attached to the name of Jesus, "for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name." - Luke 1:49 We have no understanding what "hallowed by thy name" means anymore. God help us!
Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.