The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying

Found this post while browsing the “Freshly Pressed” feed. It’s a fine example of someone noting the ubiquity of cheap expressions of blessedness. The fact of my atheism doesn’t stop me from acknowledging when a theist nails it, and Scott Dannemiller absolutely does.

The Accidental Missionary

*Writers note:  After reading your comments, I have been moved to revise the following piece.  In a post where the main point is to encourage others to be aware of how our choice of words can get in the way of conveying our true intent, I realize the irony that my choosing to refer to my lack of understanding of God’s purpose as “dumb luck” caused some folks to miss the meaning of the post itself.  Silly me.  While people may still disagree, I think this slightly revised version better captures my honest intent.

I was on the phone with a good friend the other day.  After covering important topics, like disparaging each other’s mothers and retelling semi-factual tales from our college days, our conversation turned to the mundane.

“So, how’s work going?” he asked.

For those of you who don’t know, I make money by teaching leadership skills and…

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One thought on “The One Thing Christians Should Stop Saying

  1. I had a very interesting email exchange with one of my colleagues (in response to this article) about the idea of “being blessed by God.”

    It’s actually something I’ve really been wrestling with for a long time, as a person of faith. I don’t sport any concrete conclusions at this point, but essentially I’ve determined (to the extent that I can determine anything) that life plays out as it does without a whole lot of intervention from God either good or bad. (I do believe in the miraculous, but it is a very rare and “far between” condition.) To be sure, proclaiming that one is “blessed by God” directly indicates that somehow one is favored while others are not, and I am pretty sure that’s not his “modus operandi.”

    This does not, however, preclude me from expressing gratitude about the things in my own life, because I also think it is important to acknowledge what we have and also what we don’t. It leads to a much more Zen-like way of being, and yeah…..I do see God as a big proponent of Zen.

    My colleague, who is also one of my favorite professors and with whom I share many wonderful liberal viewpoints, agreed with me. She and I have had a lot of very fruitful conversations about what being a follower of Christ really means, and we also share a very strong disdain for the majority of Christian culture. She is one of the biggest reasons I tolerate working where I do as much as I do.

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