Defining words, defining morality
“Pro-choice” advocates are apparently afraid of even the word “pro-life.” Visit the Chrome Web Store and you’ll find an extension for “Choice Language” that assures that those supporting abortion on demand will never see pro-life on the popular Internet browser. Yep, the program automatically replaces pro-life with “anti-choice” on the screen!
It’s sponsored by the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund which argues, “Those who stand against a woman’s right to decide what is best for her own body prop themselves up as righteous saviors using a problematic framework of rhetoric and religion.”
This makes a strong case for the power and perversion of words. [Continue reading Defining words, defining morality.]
The Watkins New World Church Dictionary
The church is also guilty of using “weasel words” in its virtuous vocabulary. Here some of my favorite entries that you’ll probably hear in the foyer.
Communicating with cross words
Christians are often guilty of writing in “church-ese.” A secular reader won’t have a clue if you use words like atonement, carnal nature, conviction, justification, grace, repentance or salvation. Here are some practical ways your can cross-over in writing for the world. (See, even I forget and use words like “world”!)
Breaking habits before they break you
Cartoon of the week
Here’s my favorite cartoon of the past week. And some advice on finding truth on the Internet from the disciple Luke.
Quips and quotations
Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason—a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. Faith is rooted in the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest traps we fall into is the belief that if we have faith, God will surely lead us to success in the world. The final stage in the life of faith is the attainment of character.
A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles’ wings, but is a life of day-in and day-out consistency; a life of walking without fainting (see Isaiah 40:31). It is not even a question of the holiness of sanctification, but of something which comes much farther down the road. It is a faith that has been tried and proved and has withstood the test.
Not “success”! Not being extraordinary! Oswald Chambers
Many difficulties and perplexities in connection with our Christian lives might best be settled by a simple and bold decision of our will to go forward with the light we have, leaving the speculations and theories that we cannot decide for further settlement. What we need is to act, and to act with the best light we have. As we step out into the present duty and full obedience, many things will be made plain which it is no use waiting to decide.
Launch out into the deep with a bold plunge, and Christ will settle for you all the questions that you are now debating. More probably, He will show you their insignificance and let you see that the only way to settle them is to leap over them. They are Satan’s petty snares to waste your time and keep you halting when you should be marching on.A. B. Simpson
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