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Disturbing Words From Christian’s!

Posted by Scott on January 13, 2009

I was just wondering a few things as I have read over the past few days Christians, Pastors, and others using certain words a great deal that I wonder if they have the same meaning or really if the onces using them even understands the meanings?  I read a status from a pastor the other day and I quote:  “He…is so lucky to be alive and serving a freaking great God”  I am not trying to be legalistic, trust me in that, but I expect this kind of word use or terminology from people in the casual congregation or new believers that have not been around the Word of God much…for baby Christian’s this would be a normal thing and over time God will purge from them that which takes away His holiness from their mouths…He is still purging my mouth and most likely will until He takes me on to be with Him, but I am learning.  Now,  for a pastor who is speaking to 4000 to 7000 people each week, come on.  Let’s take a look at these two words…we could look at many words and people will argue I am being legalistic, but really on the scheme of things words are serious…God made sure His Words were accurate in the Bible…we should make sure ours are right too.  This is all taken in consideration of each of us making a mistake now and then…that is a given, but for it to be the daily norm…we have no excuses.

1. Lucky: is this equal to “blessed
2. Freaking: is this equal to “awesome

Lucky means happening by chance. Does a Christian’s life operate by chance or providence?
Blessed means bringing great pleasure or contentment to, held in favor by God, held in reverence for…  Are we as Believers blessed by God…does He give us pleasures, contentment, does He favor His own, and expect our reverence for Him in this?  I think so.  So, let’s say so!

freaking “you need to google this for yourself…I cannot repeat here the meaning…it is another “F***” word used as a very negative cuss word…also negatively used as “frigging” which is the same meaning as the “F***” word.   Use the Mariam-Webster dictionary online and put in “freaking”. This word certainly should not be used in context with a holy God….pick a better word with a positive meaning when in context with describing our God.  I don’t even allow my kids to say this once I figured out the true meaning behind it.
awesome means inspiring, tribute to, terrific, extraordinary.  Is our God an awesome, extraodinary, terrific, inspiring God? I do believe the word “awesome” is far better fit here.

I just found these two words in context with Christian’s conversations interesting and then the amount of their use in the Christian conversations over time became disturbing to me. So, I wanted to check it out and if we put the words meanings into context with a holy God is it really was a good fit? My conclusion is they don’t work at all. As Believers, the lost world listens to what we say just as much as what we do…contrary to many’s belief. They do listen and will put this back in our faces when times get tough not to mention the dishonor it brings to our God. I am not innocent in this either and have had to constrain my use of certain words and I am still working on a few as well…hard for a hard-headed man to correct sometimes.  So, we need to make sure we as Believers raise the bar on our vocabulary and how we talk to our audience.  Let’s help those we are ministering to raise the level of their vocabulary and words…help them to understand the meaning of bigger and/or better words.  Don’t move down to a lower level just so you can communicate with them in other words using “gutter talk” in order to communicate, raise them up in love to a higher level…bring their language up higher than the world’s standard.   This is not easy, but God will honor your efforts to do so.  Honor God in words and deeds today.

Later, I will post a 3 part series on a further disturbing trend within many Evangelicals dialogue in churches that consider themselves evangelical today.  Stay tuned.

Pressin on in Christ,
Scott

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3 Responses to “Disturbing Words From Christian’s!”

  1. lavrai said

    Hello. I agree with you there. This brings to mind Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

    I used to have a bit of potty mouth myself before the LORD started doing HIS work in me. And “freak” used to be my “safe” non-offensive alternative to the four-letter word beginning with the same letter. But if the intent is still the same, which word you actually use doesn’t matter.

    The context you give above, it does APPEAR that this person was using it in a swearing manner. And, yeah, a Christian is the last person I’d expect to hear a common, worldly word from. Do a random survey — you’ll quickly find that “freak” is used like how I used to use it. If he’s not aware, then, well I guess one would have to admonish him with love.

    As for “luck”… even I get convicted when I think of using the term when I should really say blessed… because GOD is sovereign, no? There is no “luck” for the saved or unrepentant sinner. The Scriptures say it rains on the just and the unjust… but there is only ONE WHO controls that rain.

    Anyway, interesting post.

    Peace, Lavrai.
    http://www.lavrai.com/blogs

    • Scott said

      Thanks for commenting. This is a hop topic in the emergent church, emergent village these days. This pastor I am speaking of is not my pastor…it is one that I have on Facebook. I have been following the comments for a while and this morning it just took a disasterous turn for the worse…so I could not stay quiet anymore on that subject. They certainly do not see anything wrong with it and a rebuke would make no difference to them about it.

      Anyway, I appreciate the comments.

  2. Scott said

    I received some comments from some of this pastors congregation:

    “Those are just words…God only looks at the heart”.

    “That is thing about OUR God is that He only looks at the heart…cuss words are just words”.

    These are theme comments for this pastors status section on FB. I am blown away at the lack of reverence and respect towards God that any of these people have.

    The fact is the words used are a reflection of the heart…what was coming out of this guys mouth was arrogance towards God. Absolutely amazing to me.

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