Taking the Lords Name in VainWhich Name?
Gods name is wrongfully used whenever it is invoked to support social injustice or to serve national interests.
At a recent conference of religious leaders, delegates joined in singing an Argentine folk song:
Santo, santo, santo.
Holy, holy, holy.
Mi corazon te adora!
My heart, my heart adores you!
Mi corazon te sabe decir:
My heart knows how to say to you:
Santo eres Señor!
Holy are you Lord!
When singing a song in another language, with an interlinear translation provided, one thinks about the words more than in the case of familiar songs. I was a bit shocked by the last word of address to God: Señor, the everyday word for Mister in Spanish. In English the word Lord and the companion term Lady no longer belong to ordinary speech; they echo an aristocratic language that has become rather archaic.