After a week of camp with mostly non-Christian students… I’m more aware than usual of the fact that modern evangelical speech is for “insiders”.

My neighbor Andy always asks great questions… he’s a true learner. After his first week of camp a few years ago, he says to me:

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Just believe he existed or is it something else?

He paid attention during the whole week and came away from it still unclear on what it meant to believe in Jesus. That isn’t his fault.

We talk funny if we aren’t careful and some of us are so used to certain phrases that it will take great effort to create new habits and ways of speaking. The challenge is compounded by the fact that evangelical-ese usually doesn’t make much sense in English… and then we bring a literal word-for-word rendering into Mandarin. ugh.

Lord… forgive us… and teach us…

H/T: FreeTyler

2 Comments on Aug 8th 2011

2 Responses to “The Language of Christianity”

  1. Angie Pagel says:

    Great reminder! Thanks.

  2. Russ Koelzer says:

    Scott, in our English Camp in Ukraine we have had the same feeling of frustration. It frustrates me because we don’t seem to be opening our minds to new ways to communicate, meeting these students “where they are.” thanks for sharing.

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