'...Each of you must...speak truthfully to your neighbour...' Ephesians 4:25 NIV
Christian lingo: that strange language that means we say, 'Wow, that guy is really anointed at playing guitar' instead of 'Nice guitar playing, mate!'
Sometimes, to speak the truth effectively, we have to ditch the Christian-ese lingo. Sometimes for people to feel heard and properly related to, we need to say things a little more down to earth. This isn't to say that Christian words are wrong; Christian words can make tricky ideas plain and shed light on deeper truths. But, when these are overused, they can cause unseen barriers between Christians and non-churchgoers. To those who don't know much about this God-stuff, what do 'grace', or 'God bless you' even mean?
We can throw in the odd 'Christian-ese' word when it needs to be there, but it is so much better when we say, for example: Jesus put it all right for you' rather than, 'You have been justified through Christ'; or 'I don't understand either' rather than, 'God's ways are higher!'; The list goes on.
Let's talk about this amazing life we have through Jesus in a 'language' that others can get - to make the truth clear for them.
So what now? Look up a few typical Christian-ese words and reword them to use the next time you're with your un-churched friends. It could help to break down some old barriers and draw them closer to Him.
SoulFood: 1 Chron 4:24 - 5:26; Luke 11:45-54; Ps 119:1-8; Pro 20:15-18