Every once in a while I am reminded quite clearly of the things that I don’t miss about church, or more specifically, church people.
First and foremost, I think it would have to be “Christianese”.
Over on “Losing My Religion” this topic was raised recently. What was most amazing is that in explaining some of the “Christianese” that was being questioned and looking for some serious explanations, the result was an even deeper and more insidious version of Christianese than originally was expressed.
For example, when asked to explain the phrase “spiritual rebirth”, one writer says:
Spiritual rebirth is when we come alive to God. It is when Jesus becomes the center of our lives and our self-centered desire to please self is changed to a desire to please God. To be spiritual is to be in close and intimate communication with God.
Wow! Ok, so where do I start. There are so many insider phrases in that short paragraph that it boggles the mind.
So let’s share shall we… what are some of your favorite “Christianese” sayings?