Hating The Name

For about three years, I’ve been part of a writer’s group which, as you might expect, contains people from a variety of religious persuasions. A few of us are Christians. The president is an unbelieving Jew. Another member is a Messianic Jew.

At a recent meeting of our group, we discussed revising the policy governing our e-mail list. S., our president, wanted to outlaw all e-mail signatures to avoid the possibility of religious controversy. He objected to one particular e-mail signature he found offensive.

Everyone took him to task because e-mail signatures appear for various reasons. Nobody wanted to selectively and subjectively evaluate the e-mail signatures of all our members. That would definitely cause controversy. S. was admonished to ignore the offensive closing.

Some in the group use e-mail signatures to promote their books or other writing. A deceased member promoted her occult oriented Internet radio program. Some signatures consist of inspirational sayings. The e-mail signature of G., the Messianic Jew, says something like, “With Yeshua Messiah in my heart.”

Can you guess which signature S. found offensive? When he began his rant, he said, “What if I ended my e-mails by saying, ‘With Satan in my heart’?”

Philippians 2:9-11–Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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