Ever heard the phrase Christianeese? Don't be deceived, it's a real language!! You won't find it translated in a book. There's no Rosetta Stone to help guide you through it. It's actually a sub-culture language Christians use, for…well, I have no idea.
Things like, "God thank you for the blessings you bestowed on us" (usually used while praying.)
Now, how many people ever use the word 'bestowed' outside of a prayer? Really?
Or, I actually heard this from a comedian once, "Lord, bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies." (usually used while praying, right before a meal) And then the one who is praying shoves some Big Mac and Large Fry down their gullet, as if somehow God is going to transform that transgendered fat into the equivalent of fruits a vegetables on the way down?? Really?
Or maybe you've heard, "Brother Andy, so good to see you today…"
Or what about the classic, "Did you see Sally at the game the other day? God bless her…"
Let me be real honest here…if anyone ever uses 'God bless her' on you…that's not a compliment. It's almost as if we should take pity on the poor girl for some un-obscure reason.
What's even more disturbing is, no one really takes a long hard look at this stuff. We just go on with our normal everyday lives, and never really take the time to listen to ourselves talk.
I was recently with a guy who was investigating the Christian faith, and he had decided it wasn't worth going to church to find out about Jesus. I asked, "Well, don't you think if you want to know the founder of a faith, you should go and learn about him?"
"Andy, I have no idea what those people are talking about? I don't know what they're saying half the time, and it seems like there's got to be an easier way."
Talk about convicting.
I think it's time we stop creating our own language.
I think it's time we return to the Way Jesus worked with people.
He used images of trees and fruit. EASY
He talked of the roads people knew. EASY
He told them of the laws of Moses they worshiped. EASY
He didn't try to re-create culture.
He lived in the culture, and then began morphing it from the inside.
He showed culture the answers they were looking for.
He gave to the needs the people were longing for.
Willie Nelson used to sing it, "Looking for love in all the wrong places." The culture in Jesus' day wasn't that different from the one we live in. People are still looking for significance. They still long for meaning. They don't want to live alone. And…eventually…people are trying to reconcile this cosmic universe to the reason why they are living on this planet.
Jesus came to show us the right place.
He didn't try to make a different place.
He used the words, the images, the cultural ceremonies to show the people, "LOOK, I'M GOD!!"
May we stop and make sure our words are honest, not some re-creation.
May we recognize the times we aren't communicating God's love clearly, and turn to give.
May we be God's love to the world, so they can see we love them, Because He first loved us.
Thanks for reading.
Thanks for praying.
I write this article on the heels of a great tragedy. (see the article below) And I think what's coming out of my soul is in a reaction to Christians in tragedy. To say something trite to a family that is suffering is almost an insult to them. The Bible says to, "Mourn with those who mourn, rejoice with those who rejoice." There are no words that will relieve the pain right now. For those of us far away…let's pray.
For those of us who are close…just be there. Don't try to fix anything. Don't try to make it better. Sometimes we just need to be close, and let family and friends know we understand pain. Thanks for praying!!