Real Life - August 13, 2021
Real Life with Pastor Arnie
August 13, 2021
“The English language is so elastic that you can find another word to say the same thing.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
We all use insider-language at times. Whether it is in connection to our specific career or our personal hobbies, there always seems to be a degree of “insider-lingo” that gets used. And this can be a good thing. Specialized language allows for a level of precision that might not be possible otherwise.
But the use of insider-language can also exclude and alienate. This is especially true for communities of faith. While our stated desire is to be welcoming to those who are not already a part of our existing church community, we often use language that emphasizes an “us/them” mindset.
Language has the ability to unite us or divide us. It can bring us together or separate us all the more. However, as followers of Jesus, is our goal to exclude others or to welcome them? Do we think that God is on our side, and only loves “us”? Or do we see that “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son”?
Again, there is certainly a place for insider-language. But as followers of Jesus, if we truly want to create a space to connect with people beyond our own inner-circle, we might want to consider speaking their language, instead of expecting them to speak ours. And that’s… real life. ~ Arnie Boedecker, Associate Pastor – Eaglebrook Church