Too often I’m afraid I am, and it’s not winsome–but it sure is easy because if I use them I’m probably not wrong! Of course “Jesus is the Answer” but to what? And is it really that easy? It’s easy to say.
My sister posted a link to an article on her FB page strongly suggesting every Christian should read it–3 Phrases Christians Should Quit Relying On. Never heard of the blogger, and apparently it’s not a new post, but I’m now following him on Twitter. In one Tweet he mentions seeing a bumper sticker on a car, “I’m Pro-life.” He says, “Prove it by not texting while driving” (as if talking to the driver of the car who was obviously texting). Ouch.
I don’t want to get off-track with this post–I’m not talking about hypocrisy. I am quite sure if you look closely at my life you’ll find the inconsistencies. I am talking how I express what are probably very well-meaning things that get lost in the moment because I don’t know what to say, or I use catch phrases at the wrong time to express accurate theology but it has a negative impact.
Not sure why I decided to reflect on this today, Sunday morning, and it’s far too complex to solve in a blog post, but it hits home with me–apparently does for followers of this blogger, too–he refers to this post as having one viral. Too often I am a hostage to the Church culture I grew up in. I was ‘socialized’ in ways of saying things that have, in some circles, lost their meaning–even in the subculture I grew up in.
The clichés just don’t work for me anymore.