Profaning God's name

Jesus taught His disciples to begin their prayers by focusing intently upon God's holiness:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.

While these words may often be repeated as a simple acknowledgment of the fact of God's holiness, our response to His holiness should be holy behavior (1 John 3:3).  Do we violate the prayer “hallowed be thy Name” when we tolerate abortion in the church? God's command in Leviticus 18:21 is clear1:

Sacrificing babies to Molech

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek (Molech), for you must not profane the name of your God.”

God's name is profaned when His people shed the innocent blood of their children! Yet most abortions committed in America involve women who claim a Christian religious affiliation (see Why Do So Many Churchgoers Have Abortions?).   Unwed Christian girls likely face more pressure to abort their babies than unbelievers, because churches often shame such girls instead of showing biblical grace (while modern culture places comparatively little shame on those outside the church in relation to unwed pregnancy).

God is outraged when His people kill their children, because such children belong not only to their parents, but also to God:

“Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?” (Ezekiel 16:20-21)

When God's people tolerate such outrages, His sanctuary is profaned:

The Lord also said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them. Moreover they have done this to Me: They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and profaned My Sabbaths. For after they had slain their children for their idols, on the same day they came into My sanctuary to profane it; and indeed thus they have done in the midst of My house.” (Ezekiel 23:36-39)

Praying "hallowed be Thy name" requires us to honor His name and His sanctuary. If not, we pierce His heart yet again by our hypocritical actions.

“But righteous men will judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses, and blood is on their hands.” (Ezekiel 23:45)

How can church leaders obey this command in the Age of Grace? For practical guidelines, read Unwed Pregnancy is Not a Sin.


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1. This is a "universal prohibition. Leviticus 18 is for all people at all times," biblical apologist Dr. Michael Brown said in response to a critic who dismissed this chapter's application to modern Christians. Brown further explained that "God judged the pagans for this, not just Israel for this. That was not like food laws and things like that which were given to them to keep them separate, which were abominations for them but not for everyone." Emphasizing the importance of this passage in relation to modern moral conduct, Brown exclaimed that if you "throw out Leviticus 18, that means that there are no laws against incest!"