I am eliminating my Yahoo! mail accounts, and you should get rid of them also. Why?
I'm not getting rid of my Yahoo! e-mail accounts because of Yahoo's leftist political bias, although it is irritating to see it when I go to yahoo.com to log in. Google may be politically biased also, but I'm not subjected to it when I go to log in.
I'm not getting rid of them because my Yahoo! e-mail accounts have been repeatedly hacked, while my Gmail has never been hacked.
I'm not getting rid of them because their spam filter is worse than Gmail, so that I get vast amounts of spam--some of it filthy--while I don't have this problem with my Gmail accounts.
While all of the above are problems, and they would justify people leaving Yahoo! Mail, I wouldn't take the time to write a post on them, and I wouldn't say that if you reverence God the Creator-Jehovah, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-you need to get rid of Yahoo! Mail.
So why am I eliminating Yahoo! Mail? Why have I told people in my contact list to not e-mail me at Yahoo! in the future, but to use my Gmail address? Why am I moving electronic notifications from the bank, etc. to Gmail and out of Yahoo?
It is because Yahoo is boldly and unashamedly forcing you to see the holy Name of God taken in vain every time you go to their homepage to check your e-mail.
Let's review the 3rd commandment:
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
Yahoo! now has, on the right side of its homepage, an icon that has the letters "o," then "m," and then "g," the modern acronym for the common way that the wicked seek to profane God's Name today, saying "Oh my" and "God" when they do not have the slightest thought of Him, of praying to Him, of reverence for Him, of fear of Him, of love to Him, or anything else whatever to do with Him. Such wicked speech is a plain, blatent violation of the third commandment. This abbreviation is a plain, blatent violation of the third commandment.
I noticed this blasphemy emblazoned on the Yahoo! homepage a few days ago--the very same day that a headline news article on yahoo.com flashed on the screen, with the statement "oh my g--"--and, no, God doesn't even get a capital "G" when Yahoo wishes to blaspheme Him--right in the center of the webpage. So not only must you rest your eyes on God's holy Name being blasphemed every time you go to yahoo.com to log in to your e-mail, but you should expect to see news stories right in the middle of your screen with blasphemy in the headline.
What does God think of His name being blasphemed? Consider Leviticus 24:10-16:
And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him. And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.
He established in His OT theocracy that violating the third commandment was a capital crime. God can't stand it when His name is blasphemed. We aren't in a theocracy today, but God still can't stand it when His name is blasphemed. No, "the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."
What was the attitude of the godly in Scripture if they heard someone else blaspheme God? They would rend or tear their clothes as an expression of great sorrow and horror (2 Kings 18:37; 19:1; cf. 2 Kings 18:28-35; 19:3, 6). So what should your attitude be about this crass defiance of God on the Yahoo! homepage? You should be horrified. You should hate it. You should be outraged. You should be unable to stand it. You should tell your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, that you do not in the least agree with this abominable wickedness displayed boldly on their homepage. No, your attitude is "HALLOWED BE THY NAME," not "let thy name be blasphemed"!
The third commandment comes before the sixth and the seventh commandment, folks. Would you keep your Yahoo! Mail if, whenever you went to yahoo.com, you were subjected to a violent video clip where someone was murdered in a grisly way? Would you keep your Yahoo! Mail if, whenever you went to yahoo.com, you were subjected to graphic pictures of people committing adultery? No? Then you should get rid of your Yahoo! account because, every time you go to their website to log in, you are subjected to God's holy Name being blasphemed. Don't try to minimize this sin. Don't try to explain it away. Don't rationalize it. Don't keep using Yahoo, so that you get used to seeing blasphemy and so that you become desensitized to it. It is wickedness. It is unholy. It is vile. It is Satanic. God hates blasphemy the way He hates murder and adultery. So should you. So, get rid of Yahoo Mail, and get something else. Encourage your web filter--I use Hedgebuilders--to block out Yahoo the way they block out pornographic, violent, and other immoral sites. I know that on any secular search engine one can search for evil things and find them--but here you have to see the evil without searching for anything. Contact Yahoo here and tell them why you're leaving. (Make sure, when you do let them know, that you write considering the Biblical principles discussed here.) Tell others about this blog post and get them to drop Yahoo! also. If enough people drop them, perhaps they will change. Do you think Yahoo! is going to put a picture of Mohammed on its front page? No, because they would get a big reaction from the Muslims--riots, perhaps a lot of people dead. Since Christians know they are to love their neighbors as themselves, do good, and act kindly toward the wicked, Yahoo is not afraid of them--and the company does not fear God, so they don't care about blaspheming Him and violating the third commandment. However, at least we can affect their profit margin--they care about that.
Remember the words of king David in Psalm 101:2-3:
I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Walk within your house with a perfect heart--including when you check your e-mail. Set no wicked thing before your eyes--like you do if you go to the Yahoo! homepage. Rather, hate the work of them that turn aside, and do not let it cleave to you. Reject and abandon Yahoo! unless it repents and removes the blasphemy from its homepage--and let them know why you are doing it.
Let us say that someone who knows computers well can work with his cookies and saved pages to avoid the Yahoo! homepage to log in to e-mail on his home computer. Even so, is it realistic to say that you will never visit the Yahoo! homepage? What about when you check your e-mail from another computer? The fact is that if you keep Yahoo! mail, you are certain to be confronted with blasphemy, blasphemy you could have avoided if you used a different e-mail program--and thus, blasphemy seen voluntarily.
Perhaps what I have written in this post seems extreme--perhaps you really don't care if people say "Oh my" and "God" when they aren't praying or thinking about giving Him reverence. Perhaps you regularly blaspheme Jehovah's Name yourself. If so, you ought to examine yourself. You are either a very backslidden, worldly, carnal, and weak Christian, or you are yet unregenerate and need to be born again. Find out here how you can receive eternal life and a new and holy nature that loves God and reverences His holy name.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. . . . And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. (Revelation 4:8-11; 5:11-14)
You can also e-mail Yahoo's PR team here:
You can also e-mail Yahoo's PR team here: