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April 12, 2012

Too Big for Cliches

What happens when Christianity is cliched? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Did you see the “stuff people say” videos that went viral on YouTube earlier this year? With titles like “stuff New Yorkers say,” “stuff girls say,” “stuff rich people say” and “stuff hipsters say.” Several Christians even jumped on the bandwagon and produced “stuff Christians say” videos.

A lot of them were funny, but Addie Zierman with Relevant magazine sees a problem: “...everyone has verbal tics, tired metaphors, words that have grown worn and trivial from use,” he writes. I constantly hear Christians say things like “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship,” or “get into the Word,” or “I have a heart for Kenya.”

But these bumper-sticker slogans can make us forget how to express our actual faith, or even worse, even reshape our faith. In Zierman’s words, “These phrases are not the beginning of the discussion, they are the end of it. They are...a door closed, a bow tied neatly over the whole complicated thing.”

But faith in the real world isn’t that neat. Let’s not let cliché’s hold us back when faith requires more thought. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

"Shoot" Christians Say
Addie Zierman | Relevant Magazine

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