Women of a New Season: Deadnaming

Isaiah 5: 20:  Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil.  Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (Amplified Bible).

I’ve always believed in life-long learning.  Lately it’s been pretty easy to do.  For example, today I learned a new word which I’ve never heard before.  Deadnaming. It’s meaning is quite easy to understand really, it simply means when we call a transgender person by their birth or given name rather than the new name they’ve chosen, we are deadnaming.  Whether we did it on purpose or by accident, that is still the meaning.  But today, I want to put a new twist on this new word I’ve learned.  You can start catching my drift by re-reading my intro verse above.

Many people will stand before God Almighty someday and call Him Lord, but they really don’t know that they are deadnaming.  Why?  Because they aren’t truly recognizing Him for who He is. Let’s read a verse that explains it.

Matthew 7: 21-23:  Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord; will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you, depart from me you workers of lawlessness. ESV

They will be using their new chosen name of Christian, but God Himself will be deadnaming them, calling them by their real name, “workers of lawlessness.” In another version He calls them “evildoers.”

In this world, in the books and media of this earthly realm, we may be able to change our names, but unless our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, we will not be able to enter the kingdom of God, heaven.

Our job is to be sure we don’t put ourselves in a position to be deadnamed.  We must learn and live God’s word, obey its precepts and mandates to earn this new name written down in Glory.

Life actually should be simple.  We should say what we mean and mean what we say.  As Christians what we mean and what we say should be based on God’s Word 100%.

The Bible tells us a parable of ten virgins. They were to have their lamps trimmed and filled with oil to be ready to meet the bridegroom.  (A symbol of Christians and Jesus).  They fell asleep.  Then the cry came that the bridegroom was coming.  The five who were ready left for the wedding, the others tried to prepare and arrived late.  The first five entered the wedding and the door was shut. Then the late comers arrived and this was what transpired.

Matthew 25: 11-13: “Later the others also came, ‘Lord, Lord they said, ‘open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you I don’t know you.’ “Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

Moral, don’t try to deadname the Lord, or your position in Him.  It won’t work.  Get in the Word, get into Jesus.  Until next time!


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