In trying times I think it is relevant to talk about how people use religious clichés when speaking to hurting people. Some seem to superstitiously cite them at the strangest times. And many clichés, in some weird sense, give us a way to superficially get us past the awkwardness of responding to difficult situations. Here are a few clichés with my thoughts.
Let Go and Let God!Love the exclamation points! Thinking about these religious clichés reminded me about the word "Christianary" that my friend Jim made up many years ago. We Christians do seem to love to use all sorts of religious words and phrases that many unchurched folks do not understand. Do you have any religious clichés to add to the list?
But For The Grace Of God, there go I!
What strange theology credits God for helping me but not you?
God hates the sin but loves the sinner!
Seems to communicate the idea that God is all about what we do.
God is still on the Throne!
Sounds like some of the superficial advice that Job heard from his friends.
God helps them that helps themselves!
My thinking is that the gospel is all about God helping those who cannot help themselves.
Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good!
I suggest the the "heavenly minded" are usually people in denial of earthly reality.
Prayer changes things!
Mostly I think that prayer changes us and the way that we act.
... originally posted April 3, 2013