I’m sure you’ve all seen it. Everywhere you look on a social media feed or text, you see the words “OMG”. I hate the abbreviation OMG. Every time I see it, it literally makes me want to scream. It has come up a lot in recent conversation, so I’ve decided to share my thoughts on it. These past few months, our church has been reading The Story, which is basically “The Bible” in modern day form. This past week we have been learning about the Ten Commandments, one of them being “you shall not take the Lord’s name in vain”. Just because you write OMG in an abbreviation, doesn’t take away from the fact that it means “oh my God”.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when see believers writing OMG all over the internet. “But, when I write it, it means “oh my gosh”,” they say. No, it doesn’t. I’ll tell you why it doesn’t, because everyone else in the world who isn’t religious or doesn’t believe in God, will take your OMG as meaning exactly what it does to them, which is “oh my God”. If you mean “oh my gosh”, then write OMGSH. I’m sure you can handle the extra two letters, seriously – I believe in you! I think it is very important that as believers we do not conform. One of my favourite verses is Romans 12:1-12, which says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Powerful truth. So if you consider yourself a Christian, I challenge you to think about the way your words (particularly phrases like OMG) impact the people in your life, especially in regards to social media. In my opinion, what you write all over the internet is a reflection of who you are as a person. Choose to write wisely!