A buddy of mine who I attended high school with and currently attend college with is a Capital “A” atheist (I do not say this derogatively. I am simply stating what his belief). We barely hung out during high school and we have even less time in college. We used to airsoft together, but he hit some financial troubles so he could not afford to go airsofting anymore and college did not afford us time to airsoft. However, he and I found a way to hang out with each other: through online video games.
I truly do have fun playing games with him, but there are times when do feel apprehensive. Most notably when he starts profaning the Lord’s name. He does not handle stress really well and gets angered quite easily. He is also facing a lot of job problems and college work. So, whenever something unfortunate happens, like when we are fighting other players, the AI, or even each other, he starts profaning His name.
I, myself, do not get indignant or agitated when anyone takes the Lord’s name in vain in my presence. I was raised in a society where such a thing was commonplace and I did it myself before. I know profaning His name is wrong, but I am so desensitized to it that I do not feel any negative emotions. The problem is that I am unsure if it is wrong for me to just passively listen as my buddy does so. What I did was just encourage him and support him through whatever unfortunate event we faced in the game. I would even joke around sometimes to lighten the mood and get him not so stressed out. I am afraid of asking him to refrain from profaning His name outright, due to fears of me being rejected by him and fears that he might perceive this as proselytization (he said another Christian, I do not know which sect, tried to proselytize him before).
So, is it a sin just to hear someone take the Lord’s name in vain? Also, what should I do in this situation? Should I just out rightly tell him to not profane His name in my presence or do things to lessen his stress? I would appreciate any advice.