Should we be using the phrase ‘on God’? Is saying it a sin? What does it really mean? Let’s learn more today!
What does on God mean?
“On God” is an expression that is usually used by the younger generation to show that someone is being serious and honest regarding a subject or situation. “On God” is similar to saying “oh my God,” “I swear to God,” or “I swear on God.” The phrase on God, started growing in popularity through memes, TikTok, and song lyrics. Here is an example of this phrase in a sentence. “On God, I’m being so honest, I asked my crush out!” Now that we know what this phrase means, here is an even bigger question. Should we be saying it?
Is saying ‘on God’ a sin?
Exodus 20:7 says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
We should have reverence for god’s holy name. We should refrain from phrases such as “oh my God,” “on God,” or “OMG.” We should refrain from using God’s holy name in a careless way. ‘On God’ is similar to swearing to God and it reveals a low view of God and His holiness. We may not be trying to be intentionally disrespectful, but such phrases are disrespectful. Saying on God is indeed sinful and there is no need for it. What does Jesus say? Matthew 5:36-37 “And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” Let’s be mindful to honor the Lord in our conversations. Saying ‘on God’ doesn’t make our statement any more true and it’s foolish to the Lord.
If you have taken God’s name in vain or have failed to revere God’s name, then I encourage you to confess your sins. He is faithful and just to forgive you. I also encourage you to grow in your knowledge of God and who He is. Ask the Lord how you can grow in honoring His name and grow in your speech. James 3:9 “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.” God has blessed us with lips to praise and worship Him. Let’s continue to use them well for His glory.