Overcoming Church Terminology

Does church terminology scare you??  Ever been around religious people who talk above your head and just leave you feeling uncomfortable and unworthy?  Did you wonder if they talk that way all the time, or was it just part of the “Sunday christian” act.  Or did you know they were the real deal yet felt [...]

Monday April 18 2011

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Does church terminology scare you??  Ever been around religious people who talk above your head and just leave you feeling uncomfortable and unworthy?  Did you wonder if they talk that way all the time, or was it just part of the “Sunday christian” act.  Or did you know they were the real deal yet felt inadequate or embarrassed to be in the discussion.

Did it make you feel closer to God?  Did you want to be like them?  Did you vow to never be like them?  Did it feel like they were preaching at you?

Maybe they were the real deal.  Maybe they were fake.  Definitely, it doesn’t matter.  They don’t determine your relationship with God just like you don’t determine theirs; so don’t waste a minute trying to read their minds or set them straight.  Right or wrong, that’s for God to decide.

What is important is knowing that you can have every part of God without having to talk like they do.  Church terminology is not a bad thing; it’s often God’s Word which makes it perfect.  However, it may sound snooty if God hasn’t revealed the real meaning behind those words to you.

Anytime we don’t understand something or it’s over our head, it sounds snooty – doesn’t it!  If you hear a genetic physicist talking about their work, it probably sounds snooty – like their trying to use big words.  Yet, it’s just the nature of their work; so to them, it’s normal. If you would take some genetics classes, it would suddenly make sense and sound fine.

Some can read the Bible for the first time and are blown away by the deep substance of every word, yet others can read the Bible and see nothing but empty words on a page.  This understanding and knowledge is something that God provides when the time is right.

Often Christians are so thankful for God’s Word that they speak in scriptures just to show their appreciation for what God has done by sharing His Word with others.  Many appreciate having this relayed to them, but many are intimidated by the same. I’m sure there are some that just speak that way to be snooty, but we only hurt ourselves if we try to dissect their actions. 

Instead, we should seek to understand those scriptures for ourselves. As God reveals His Word to us, we begin to appreciate hearing it wherever we can. The speaker doesn’t matter because God gives us power in hearing His words.  Grab onto it!

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