His Name is the most influential name in all of history, but you hardly ever hear it mentioned in a public school. It’s not because using His Name would encourage unruly behavior in schoolchildren. No– just the opposite– His Name is often associated with the behavior of model citizens. But public schools prohibit His teachings, and so His Name is seldom heard in those classrooms.
There are some who give no attention at all to His Name, except when it can be used to get attention. Then, they shout out His Name in anger, adding in profanity for extra shock value. They know that His Name has an amazing power to focus the hearer’s attention. But those same people recoil and retreat when His Name is spoken of in softer tones.
Others exhibit a strange mix of boldness and timidity regarding His Name. In weekly gatherings of like-minded people, prayers are given in His Name and His Name is boldly proclaimed with loud singing and spoken messages. Yet those same people may grow timid for the rest of the week. Away from a supportive community, energetic praises become occasional whispers.
And rather than bringing peace to this world, His Name can cause division. To some, His Name is awesome; to others it is awful. To some, His Name gives hope; to others it is foolishness. His Name is never static; it moves you in some way—it causes a reaction—it shakes you up or it gives you peace; you spit it out or you call out to it with reverence.
Yet, for all the inconsistent treatment that the world (and myself) gives His Name, I confess that I love His Name. His Name is Jesus Christ, and He is my Lord and Savior. The Bible clearly expresses His love and the power of His Name. It says: “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
The Bible relates God’s design for how we should honor His Name: “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). Praise His Name Jesus!