July 19, 2016

Why Our Christian Lingo Needs to Change

“We have a letter from the church,” I said. 
“What does it say,” my wife asks from the other room. 
"I don’t know. I don’t speak church.”


Can we get rid of the 1990's Christian lingo? 

When we talk about the various stories in the bible, can we please tell the stories differently and articulate with words that reflect our current times?

We have created an entire vocabulary of words and phrases that only religious, churchy folks understand. 

Can we make it plain, so that a new generation will be more willing to hear God's word?

Can we teach the Word of God in a way that is actionable, relatable and can be applied to the lives of those we lead, today? 


Having been a youth minister, I can tell you, it's not just what you teach but how you teach it. 

You can't teach God's word to this generation using words and phrases that were created to make the gospel relatable to their grandparents. Especially if they have never been part of a Christian fellowship.

"Jesus Loves You" is true, but can we find a better way to say it, so that this generation won't think it's corny and therefore less likely to listen.

"You can't out give God". Really? Are we still saying this? 

Once again, of course it's true. But who's trying to compete with God? Not to mention that this phrase has created and lead to things not of God.

Much of the 1990's words and phrases have become popular theology that is dangerous and misleading, misinterpreting the mind and or the will of God.

If you speak in "church speak", or "007" talk, you’ll have a hard time connecting with this generation.

If you find yourself saying brother, sister, offering, tribulation, blessed and highly favored, etc., not only do they struggle to understand what these words and phrases mean, but, it tends to bring less credibility to what you do and what you say. 

Sure, this language is a form of communication in your church circles, but if you’re trying to reach this generation, "church speak" that reminds them of why they don't and won't attend a place of worship, can be a stumbling block, and even a barrier.

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