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Christian-English Translation

September 21, 2009

It’s crazy how we (church, Christians, Americans, denominations) have created our own little world.  We have our own phrases.  We have our own inside jokes.  Maybe we should have our own Merriam-Websters Dictionary, too!  We could create the King James-International Version Dictionary or a Christian-English Translation.  But we need to do something.  We have created this whole new language that doesn’t make sense to those outside of church.  We agree on the fact that the message doesn’t change, but we don’t embrace the changing of methods.

So here are a few of my favorites (or least favorites I guess…)Church Words

  • wordly
  • gospel
  • begotten
  • fellowship
  • body

Each of these words (and so many more) have absolutely great meanings.  But the problem is that we as a culture don’t use these words.  They are all translations from the original language.  Many of them were translated a very long time ago and many of those words are no longer used.  This is why there will always be job security in translating Greek and Hebrew.  I would never walk into a coffee shop and overhear a conversation about the great fellowship that someone had with some of the body while discussing gospel.  I wouldn’t say that.  They would say they had a great time hanging out with some of their friends and talking about some great news.  So why don’t we say that at church?  We invite people to church because we want them to experience the love of Christ, but most of the time they have to translate everything we are saying.  This is why I don’t go to the Korean church down the street.  There is nothing wrong with them; I just don’t speak their language!

I think true church or Biblical community is attractive to people.  The love and acceptance of Christ is the main thing.  It isn’t the rituals or traditions that we have.  When the love and acceptance of our God has to be translated from our phrases and words and rituals, it doesn’t always come out how we had intended it.  People shouldn’t have to struggle to understand our language (when we are speaking the same language) in order to love God and be loved by Him.

One Comment leave one →
  1. dad permalink
    September 21, 2009 10:15 AM

    Preach it, brother!! er…right on, man!! er…you go, son. whatever.

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