Monday, August 27, 2018

Let's Talk About "OMG"




OMG.  It’s typed all the time on the internet. In texts.  In comments. 

And, it’s said in the same abbreviated form. 

“OMG!”

Usually, it’s in response to a “wow” kind of thing. Something that makes you feel astonished, amazed, or flabbergasted. (Yes, I used the word, “flabbergasted.”)

For me? Personally?

I HATE the abbreviation “OMG.” 

And I’ll tell you why.

It stands for, “Oh, my God.”

Not, “Oh my gosh.”

Not, “Oh my goodness.”

No, it stands for “Oh, my God.”

And it offends me.  Because MY God? He is Holy. He is to be revered. Respected. And the Bible tells me I am not to take his name in vain.

To me - that includes taking his name in abbreviated-form of vain. Or written-form of vain.

Listen, I get it. It’s an easy-to-adapt way to exclaim over something. You’re not REALLY saying “OMG” spelled out.

But, you are INFERRING “OMG” spelled out.

And intent is everything.

At least for me.

So, if you believe in the Lord, if you claim Him as your Savior - can I just ask you a favor? Think about what you say. Think about what you INFER when you say it. And think about how others might take it.

For me? I intend to try and honor my Lord in all I say and do. 


And that means, no “OMG” for me.

3 comments:

Karen DeVane said...

I totally agree and I think it's just another way that this society tries to eliminate God from it's conscience. Before OMG there was TGIF. I'll say the whole thing, Thank God It's Friday!!!

quietspirit said...

As I view the issue, OMG is a minced oath. And my Christian training taught me that using a minced oath was the same thing as saying the real thing. Not good for one who believes in Christ. Just my thoughts. Peace and Blessings to you and yours.

Dionna Sanchez said...

Interesting thoughts, @quietspirit. I've never heard of a "minced oath."

Dionna