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Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain—Which Name?
God’s name is wrongfully used whenever it is invoked to support social injustice or to serve national interests.
By Bernhard W. Anderson
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.

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