What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name?

As many as received him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even those who believe on His name. John 1:13.

In Wellington, New Zealand a judge has slammed parents who called their child “Talua Does the Hula from Hawaii” and ordered she be given a more suitable name.

“It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap,” Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt said, ruling that the nine-year-old girl be made a guardian of the court until she gets a new name. The judge told the paper that Family Court judges were dismayed by the eccentricity of names that parents were giving their children, citing twins named ‘Fish and Chips’ and ‘Benson and Hedges’ (a brand of cigarettes). Other names children were given included ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’, ‘Midnight Chardonnay’, ‘Fat Boy’, ‘Cinderella Beauty Blossom’, ‘Got Lucky’ and ‘Sex Fruit’, he said.

Those parents are very strange indeed. But that is just as strange as people who call themselves Christians, but have never personally believed and received Jesus Christ. They have never been forgiven (Colossians 1:14), made new beings in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), nor received the gift of everlasting life (John 3:16).

Would that be you by any chance?