Cliché Busters!

You know one of my pet peeves is the use of cliché. Remember that a cliché is a saying that is often trite, overused, and thoughtless. I especially get tired of those phrases used in Christianity and love to debunk them. Phrases such as, “Can’t we just love Jesus?” This one usually comes up when differences of belief arise and the person who wants nothing to do with thoughtful discourse will utter this as a way to end the conversation. The answer to the question is: “No! We can’t.” There is more to loving Jesus than just saying you love Jesus. He said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. That takes thought and study. There is no room for Rodney King theology here!Another one is “Well, we all believe in the same God.” No we don’t. Muslims worship another god all together, and I would argue that so do liberal Christians. See the post on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright below.

But the cliché that has dogged me for the longest is: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” Especially when that is applied to God. In other words, He loves the sinner, but hates the sin. This is not true in the least. Psalm 5:5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; you hate all workers of iniquity.

Notice that word “hate” when it comes to workers of iniquity? This is how God feels about those who are sinners. Mark Driscoll makes this point in a sermon he made at his church Mars Hill in Seattle recently. The below clip is part of that sermon. I found the clip at Heath site, Three Crosses.

The point is that Driscoll blows a hole in that cliché. I know, this will be disappointing to our liberal Christian friends, because they always get twitter pated over such phrases. What Driscoll shows is that the cliché was coined by Mahatna Ghandi. The man wasn’t a Christian. In fact, his pride kept him from becoming a Christian. He was one of those skeptics who said something along the lines of, “I would become a Christian except for all the Christians.” In other words, he was saying that he was too prideful to join the rest of the fallen community of believer and trust in Christ for salvation.

Again, I digress. The point is that we have had another bad cliché busted, and it’s about time. Let’s stay away from that which is trite, redundant and thoughtless. Let the Bible inform our thinking, thoughts, words and action. It’s HIS word. There is no better place to turn. When we do so, that will keep us from becoming trite, redundant and thoughtless.

Here is part of Driscoll’s sermon.