I’m beginning to think that there are several phrases we use as churches that have almost become meaningless. They are not meaningless because they are unimportant. The phrases probably began with much meaning. But, I think they’ve become meaningless because they usually remained undefined, or they are defined in such general terms that the definitions are unhelpful.
Unfortunately, these are terms or phrases that we often use to describe our purpose or our way of life or our priorities. I’m thinking of phrases like “We worship God,” or “Let’s do everything for God’s glory,” or “We must follow Jesus,” or “Let’s focus on God’s mission.”
These phrases sound great, and they can probably attract alot of “Amens” if said with enough zeal and at the right moments. But, what do they mean?
You know, I think I would also add one of my favorite phrases to this list: “We should meet to edify one another.”
Every church believes that they worship God, bring glory to God, follow Jesus, are focused on God’s mission, and edify one another. But, people who are part of these churches act in drastically different ways… sometimes contradictory ways.
Perhaps I should look into Scriptures… do we find phrases like this in Scripture? I know what I think is the answer, but I want to do some investigation first.
Do you agree that phrases like these are almost meaningless? Do you think they’re helpful? Can you think of other phrases like these?