Until recently, I thought the 3rd commandment meant not swearing by using God's name. As a result, I thought that I habitually broke the 3rd commandment. It's such a common practice today, though, that I thought I'd probably be able to skate if push came to shove-- which I doubted it ever would --since I don't believe in the the vengeful-old-Guy-on-a-throne, anyway.
Recently, though, on the History Channel or somewhere, I saw a documentary that delved deeply into the Ten Commandments and I had an aha! moment.
Having studied ancient history as I have, I feel as if I should have figured this out for myself-- but I never did. The 3rd commandment isn't about not swearing in the name of God. That was common practice back then, too. Only, in those days, it was done in a heartfelt way. People commonly called upon their gods [Yahweh included] to witness the truth of what they were saying. People even called down curses upon themselves should they be forsworn after taking an oath in the name of their deities.
The 3rd commandment was saying, 'Don't bring my name into an oath if you don't intend to keep it.' In other words, don't be forsworn in God's name.
Now, fast forward to today:
Our current president-select has done what most presidents before him who didn't wear their faith plastered to their foreheads have managed not to do: he broke the 3rd commandment -- twice.
Twice, while taking the oath of office, he swore to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. He swore this as a solemn pledge before the God he purports to believe in, to honor and to obey. And, even before taking the oath the first time, by stealing the Florida vote, he had already begun dismantling the Constitution-- a task he has been happily engaged in ever since --except, maybe, when on vacation.
He did it on purpose. With malice aforethought, he forswore himself before his God. And, if he believes what he says, he does believe in the vengeful-old-Guy-- and hellfire.