If you have ever been to church, you know that sometimes Christians talk funny. If you are a long-time church person, there’s no sense in denying it. We have a whole bunch of words that other people simply don’t use. They mean a lot to us, but many people outside the church don’t understand them.
If would not consider yourself a “church person” then you have probably heard some of those funny words and wondered what they meant. Ok, you may not have truly cared what they meant. But, if you have, then this series is for you.
We all do it
I’ve been a nurse for nearly 20 years. One of the things I pride myself on is being able to take the stuff that doctors say and translated it into something that regular people can understand. You see doctors speak a different language. They have a whole list of words that people in other fields don’t know. Heck, many of us IN the field may not know them… or be able to pronounce them.
But, this isn’t just true of doctors or Christians. The truth is that this happens in just about every field. Talk to an electrician and he or she will use a bunch of words you may not know. Talk to a carpenter and you’ll find the same thing. In fact, chances are, whatever work you do, you have your own language as well.
It’s just Jargon
Merriam-Webster defines jargon as “the technical or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group.” While it may seem that Christians are trying to sound super spiritual or trying to make you sound dumb, truth is it just the terms that we use to describe certain things. Chances are you have similar words that you use that others don’t understand. This might be due to the work you do, where you are from, the hobbies you have, or a variety of other things. When you use these terms, you’re not trying to make others feel bad, or show how much smarter you are than them. It’s just the way you talk. It’s just your jargon.
Christians still talk funny
I grew up in the church. I have no memories of life when we were not a regular part of a local church. So, the “church words” that many church people use are very familiar to me. Still, I understand how they might not be to others. That’s why I’m starting this series. My hope is to help clarify what some of these church words mean. Also, as I write other things, I will point back to these posts so that you can get a definition of what they mean.
What about you?
So, what church words have you heard, but are confused about? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear about it. Leave me your word and I’ll do what I can to explain what it means.