I know that we have a different vocabulary (due to our consciousness of God) than a lot of the world, but I think that “Christianese” essentially turns into a shibboleth. This video illustrates, in a funny way, how this can be alienating. As a Christian with a theater degree, I find myself actively avoiding Christianese, and turning toward a direct, colloquial style. I’ve never witnessed to someone if they stopped listening within the first 10 words.
Unfortunately, I agree with you. I have a lot of non-Christian friends and recovering Christian friends and none of them will let me speak like that around them because it triggers everything they hate.
Nice. Could use some cheesy music. 🙂
Just actually started a blog on this very thing, How to Talk Evangelical (http://howtotalkevangelical.addiezierman.com/). Trying to explore these words that have become so second nature, so cliche, that we’ve forgotten what they were even supposed to mean. Redefining a faith that has turned to jargon. That kind of thing.
Give all the silliness meaning, right?
I know this is humor, but it actually makes me feel pretty sad. All this codespeak (while occasionally useful) really adds up to a lot of vague language used to express what should be vibrant ideas and experiences. This kind of talk indirectly and unintentionally erects a barrier against open and honest communication, original thought, and creativity of language as well as leaving the uninitiated feeling like outsiders and the unbeliever completely at a loss.
A funny video with a good point. Language covers a multitude of misunderstandings.
What was most amazing for me was after binning language like this, later discovering that there was actually some truth in it.
Not all of it, though.
I forgot to mention that my last blog post was actually related to this. Funnily enough, it’s about New Age codespeak. http://blog.peaceandtruth.com/2011/09/a-path-to-here/
I loved the opening scene. I once did a twitter series on Christianese, I should, ahem, resurrect it!
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