My buddy Christian Piatt, who blogs over at Patheos.com, compiled last week a list of Ten Cliches Christians Shouldn’t Use. He followed up today with another list of Ten, after his first list prompted his readers to send in more cliches.
You should follow the links above, because he fleshes out each one a bit, and explains why he is against these cliches.
Here is his original Top 10 (in no particular order):
- Everything happens for a reason.
- If you died today, do you know where you’d spend eternity?
- He/She is in a better place.
- Can I share a little bit about my faith with you?
- You should come to church with me on Sunday
- Have you asked Jesus in to your heart?
- Do you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?
- This could be the End of Days!
- Jesus died for your sins.
- Will all the visitors this morning please stand up?
And here’s the second, suplemental list:
- Love the sinner, hate the sin.
- The Bible clearly says…
- God must’ve needed another angel in Heaven, so he called him/her home.
- Are you saved?
- The Lord never gives someone more than they can handle.
- America was founded as a Christian nation.
- The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.
- It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
- Jesus was a Democrat/Republican.
- (insert sin here) is an abomination in the eyes of God.
Most of these 20 cliches I whole-heartedly agree that followers of Jesus should simply eradicate from their vocabulary.
My personal favs (or should I say, unfavs?): 1, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18.
Those, I think, if never said again by another human, would almost instantly create a better society.
Others have, well, better intentions behind them, but can still be used in such poor taste that again, it might be better to leave them behind.
Here’s the ones that I think don’t necessarily have to be eradicated, as much as they have to be used sparingly, with great caution, and in the right context: 4, 5, 19.
What about you?
How does this list strike you?