Speaking with a friend the other day, the word Christianese came up in the conversation as a language we who are in Christ speak that others who are not do not understand. It is that language that condemns rather than accepts, it is that verbage that speaks of perfection rather than the imperfection that we all have regardless of our state of salvation, and it is that language that drives people away from church.
To them, it sounds more like bad news rather than good news. Look around at those in ATB, and what you see is people who have failed and have found a place to heal, people who just want to serve, but understand the language of God that Jesus spoke, and readily accept and love those who are looking to get back on track in life.
Christianese is a language that makes someone feel like they are going to hell, rather than helping them to find a way to heaven. Let us all remember that we are the ambassadors of Christ, we are the only Bible some may read, and the only doorway to a redeeming church that a person may consider entering.
Instead of shutting the door by speaking a foreign language not understood, let's speak words of love, forgiveness and redemption. Amen!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.