“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.” Exodus 22:28
God continues to give Moses some practical rules on how to live life. In this verse it points out not to blaspheme God or curse the ruler.
Very few believers would have a problem with stating that one should never blaspheme God. This is talking bad about God in any way. Yet, many are guilty of it.
How many times have you heard, or been guilty of, saying that God must not love you because He did not do something for you? Or that God must not care about the sin going on because He is allowing it to happen?
People complain about what God does not do. They cut God down, treating Him like a man, rather than the God who is in absolute control that He is. This does not even touch into the using God’s name as a curse word.
Along with not blaspheming God, He also states to not curse the ruler of the people.
Cursing the ruler is a common thing, both in the church and outside the church. Everywhere you go there are people who hate the leader of the country. With the current time of elections for a new president, there is a lot of condemnation of the leader.
This not only applies to the leader of the country, but can be the boss at the workplace. He is also a ruler of people, just not as many. In the workplace break room, there are always people talking about how bad the head boss is with various situations. Everyone thinks that they could do better.
As a believer you are to build up, not tear down. Blasphemy and cursing do not build anyone up in any way. Think about the old movie “Bambi”. In it, Thumper, the young rabbit, once said, “my Mama always told me if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. This is good advice for every believer.
What are you saying with your words?
Are they building others up? Or are they tearing someone down?
Remember that you are a person just like that other person you may be cursing. You most likely have done something similar or just as bad, sometimes, even worse.
Show the love of Jesus in your words to and about everyone.
I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that your words will show the love of Jesus; that you will not cut down others in any way; and that you will always build others up in the Lord Jesus.