Our language as Christ Followers is important in how we portray the Truth.
Language has changed drastically over the decades. By that, I don’t mean the actual words as much as I mean the usage of words. We have changed the meanings of words to fit an agenda, we have appointed innuendo where there was never any intended, and we have become lazy in conversations to the extent we don’t even care. But as bothersome as those things are, worse yet is the way many Christ Followers speak. The words come rolling off our tongues, and we don’t even think about the effects.
Words leave our minds, flow from our mouths, and take on a life of their own as they sink into the minds and hearts of those within earshot. They are seeds and they are powerful. They will either grow to be weeds or lovely beautiful fruit that spreads in Truth.
We must think about our vernacular and the unintended consequences. Sometime we say things the way we do because we think that the unbeliever may accept us better. But it isn’t about our acceptance. Sometimes we do it just to be liked – as when we agree with the listener. There are more reasons. But they all boil down to this:
Our words have the power of life or death… in more lives then just one.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. -Proverbs 18:21
For instance, this being said by a Christ Follower:
“I’m sending (or requesting) prayers and good vibes for this situation.”
That is not Godly. That “good vibes” comment, and similar language, is giving credence to the notion that God doesn’t exist so prayers are not useful or powerful. Good vibes never heal, never bless, and never point to God. Does it hurt you as the Believer? Maybe, maybe not. But it doesn’t help non-Believers at all.
32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. –
1 Corinthians 10:32-33 NIV
Jesus chose His words carefully. So should we. Especially knowing they have eternal consequences.