Out of respect for the Hebrew name of the one God, observant Jews have not used the name ‘Yahweh’ out of respect. In other words, if the name is not spoken, it cannot be misused.
Apparently, the RCC is in agreement and will no longer use the name during corporate worship.
Unbeknown to me, many Protestant Christians are in agreement and have been for some time. One professor from Western Theological Seminary in Holland (dear, dear Holland) says it this way:
“It’s always left me baffled and perplexed and embarrassed that we sprinkle our hymns with that name,” she said. “Whether or not there are Jewish brothers and sisters in earshot, the most obvious reason to avoid using the proper and more personal name of God in the Old Testament is simply respect for God.”
I would like to hear what some of you think about this. Those who have read in the past have come from pretty diverse flavors of Christianity, and I would like to hear from you.