I know you have heard it, someone gets mad and says, “Jesus Christ!” or to be funny as you walk into the room you hear “O Lord.” I am sure that these get to you, so try these comebacks and maybe you can witness at the same time. For the loud exclamation of “Jesus Christ” bounce back a “where!” I have often thanked my students and others who release an “O Lord” when I walk into the room with, “I really look like Jesus” or “See they think I am God.”
These are quaint comebacks but the underlying thought is interesting. People are using the name of Jesus by calling on His name. Now I will grant that many times it is not edifying, but they are unconsciously acknowledging Jesus as a power.
They could be using any name, like their favorite singer or band if they just wanted to make a flashy statement. Could you image someone getting mad and blurting out, “O bomb ma!” But as you know they don’t.
I have heard that there is a God-shaped hole in every person, maybe people using/misusing His name is an attempt to work at that void.