I’m laughing, but there is a serious message here. We should be careful not to do things, or say things, just to sound ‘like a Christian’, to fit in, to keep up with the Joneses. I am really not a fan of ‘Christianese’. It is like putting on a show to demonstrate that you’re one of the gang. But the only thing that makes you ‘one of the gang’ is grace. We should be equally careful what we say when we publicly address our Creator. It’s careless and sloppy if it’s not thoughtful and considered – I mean, this is God I’m talking to, why would I offer Him anything less-than? And it’s akin to blasphemy if it is all ‘for show’. Would you prostitute yourself in this way?
Don’t be discouraged. Let us be genuine, brothers and sisters (and that I write with all sincerity – same as I hope I always act and speak) and then at least we’re not lying to one another (or worse, to God) and we won’t fall into the trap of pride, or self-righteousness. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve fallen into this trap myself more times than I can count. This is such an easy sin to slide into because to all intents and purposes it looks just like the real thing… and it sounds so fetching, but it’s fool’s gold, Worthless.
‘First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean… For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth.
Finally, let me end with these beautiful words:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…