Jan 12, 2012

"What's in a name?

That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."

According to Shakespeare, what you call something doesn't matter. So if you take a sip of Diet Dr. Pepper it really doesn't matter what people have called it. The name is secondary. What matters is what you can taste, touch, feel, smell, and see.

The Greeks would not have agreed. They believed names were a reflection of reality. Words had inherent meaning in and of themselves. Just listen to the word, "Snarl" or "Snippy" and see if you can't hear the meaning behind the word. How about "Dopey" or "Dawdle"? I have always believed the word "David" conjured up a meaning of strength and stability. That's the Greek way of thinking.

In the Old Testament, your name was a reflection of your family identity. Any name that ends in –"el" is a reflection of the Hebrew name of God, Elohim. Daniel means "God is my judge", Samuel means "requested of God" and Ezekiel means "strength of God". The same is true for words ending in "ja", like Josiah which means, "Fire of the Lord". But most people would agree that a name is important and that it carries a meaning.

So I don't know what to think about Jeffrey Drew Wilschke. The Madison, Wisconsin man was recently arrested for carrying a concealed knife, carrying drugs, and violating his probation. But I think he violated a lot more than that. Because according to the arrest report, last October, Jeffrey changed his name to ... Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop. Yes, you heard that right. He changed his name to a beatboxing riff.

If I were in a Shakespearian mood, I would say that it doesn't matter what his name is. He's still a strange duck. But if I were in a Greek mood, I'd try to figure you what image a beezow conjures up. But the police in Wisconsin don't care about Greeks or Shakespeare. They just arrested the dude and locked him up.

God doesn't care what Mr. Wilschke's name is. It could be Jeffrey or Beezow and it doesn't matter. Because God looks at the heart. And when you've been bought and purchased by the blood of Jesus, there in your heart a new name is inscribed, "This is my child". It will never be changed or wear out.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook