1. Josh

    It is my theory that these simple truisms are just that… Very densely packed statements with a high truth-to-filler concentration. The problem is that the truth is so dense that it actually becomes useless. Telling someone that “Jesus loves you” is entirely true….. But also rather useless to that person whose expectations of you include actionable help. The filler is how people absorb the message. It is the sugar to make the medicine go down and shouldn’t be ignored by someone looking to share gospel truth.

  2. Nick

    My annoying Christianese statement? Years ago when Todd Philips was still teaching at Mclean Bible Church, there was a series called “It’s Complicated” which mainly dealt with dating, sex, and other related topics from the church’s view. Being part of a small group, I had opened up about struggles with temptation, and the common answer I got was “Lift your temptation up to God”. How stupid. Honestly, what does that entail? As a believer of many years now – and I’d like to assume a certain degree of biblical knowledge and understanding – how does one do this? Lift it up. C’mon. I don’t understand it now, not to mention, as a “young” Christian at the time, I got very frustrated and wrote the pastor asking him about the silliness of the term, stating: “…Sin is not a physical thing I can pull out of my body, box up with lock and key, walk over to God Himself and give it to Him physically…” He must have understood my frustration in the sarcasm because he subsequently addressed it in his next sermon and an online Q/A session, which I actually really appreciated.

    But long story short, don’t ever say “Lift it up to God”. Don’t blow off the person asking what to do which such a non-specific statement, give practical advice.

  3. Tom

    I have to disagree with you on that first one brother.

    I think the expression “guard your heart” is being taken from Proverbs 4:23. The NIV translates it as ” Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” The ESV (which you know I prefer) doesn’t use that exact wording, but conveys the same idea. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”

    If that is the case, then it is biblical language and we should most certainly use it. However, we should be clear about what we mean by that statement and so, in that respect, your point is well taken.

    1. goingtodamascus

      Hey Tom, thanks for commenting.

      You and I are in agreement that this expression is in the Bible, something I was aware of at the time of this post.

      The problem is, no one uses the expression biblically. Every time I’ve heard it used, it’s in the context of “Pull away and don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable so no one can hurt you.” It just makes me want to scream – how is that all compliant with our Biblical mandates for the church!?

      I think you and I would both agree with an interpretation that more fits with the King Ben translation, “Checketh thyself, that thy heart not be in sin, beforeth thy wreck thyself.” I’m all for it being used in this way, the former interpretation makes me want to punch brick walls.

  4. Tom

    I wouldn’t say no one uses it biblically, but will certainly concede that isn’t usually the case. It’s definitely in the context of sin and not relationships or anything of that sort. I think I’ll use the King Ben translation from here on out.


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