Sorry, I've been under the weather still. I could go into details, but let's not...
Today Lorie was watching last night's American Idol (yay) and they said something that made me think, "Wow, we've ruined that word." There are so many we have done that to! So for the next couple of days, I'm going to put up my little rant on words that either the church has ruined or the world has ruined that belong to the church. If you have any ideas or words that come to your mind, feel free to email or comment them to me!
Today's word is "gospel". Here's why. I've heard this so many times, "This is a gospel song." Wait, a what? The gospel is the account of God coming to earth in the form of His Son Jesus and dying on a cross so we can be forgiven and have eternal life with Him. It is not a style of music from southern Mississippi. We have taken a word that really means the greatest story not just told but to have ever actually happen, and we now use that word to mean peppy music with nice organ and a little band.
We need to reclaim the word "gospel". I don't care if you like the music or not, that's not what "gospel" should mean. I don't want to walk down the street and hear "the gospel" and have people around me think of Mahalia Jackson (as much as I love her). Gospel is something personal to me because that story is a part of my story.
So... any other words?