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The Problem of Speaking Christianese

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In a post on Reaching The Online Generation (which no longer exists), Paul D. Watson pointed out the problem of using Christian words and speech when trying to reach out to non-Christians:

“Christians speak a different cultural language than non-Christians.  Unfortunately this language isn’t necessarily spiritual by nature.  One of the hardest tasks of an evangelist (the New Testament term for Church Planter, but that is another post.) is deculturalizing the Gospel so that the lost can hear the Good News without all the white noise of Christian culture.”

I read a bunch of Christian blogs everyday. Most will not appeal to ‘regular’ folk because they are written in ‘Christianese’—words, terms, and expressions that are commonly used in church and among fellow Christians. The fact is there are increasingly more folk out there that do not share or understand the common ‘churchy’ language than do.

If your blog is primarily for other Christians to read then this is not a problem. However, if you are trying to reach out to a general audience that includes non-Christians than Christianese may be something that you need to address.

This is something that I have been aware of for some time. My main blog is intended for a more general audience dealing with current events and conflicts of faith and culture, while I have other blogs like this one which are naturally targeting a Christian audience.

I have addressed the situation by reading over my posts several times before publishing–looking for Christian words and phrases that may be a problem for general consumption. This has been an on-going struggle for me and one that I really do not claim to have completely overcome. However, recognizing language barriers is the first step towards improvement and reaching out to a larger and more general audience for your blog.            *Top

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3 Comments so far
  1. Robin December 6, 2008 11:00 am

    Hi, I like your post. It makes allot of sense. I know that I have tried to have 3 different blogs. My mommy blog; Robin and Olivia, is pretty general, but I know that I have wrote “chistianeese” things in there. “Blessings and struggles of single moms” is very Christianeese. but it is my heart comming out as God is transforming it; I guess that is why this lingo can run into my other blog. It’s not intentional, but I am just on-fire, and He dripps off me at time, (many times when I blog). I think it is important to reach the lost, and we have to be careful in how we approach them; with gentleness, but at the same time, I don’t want to hide my light under a bussel. This is my constant struggle, being happy, living in His Presence but still be real for others to want what I have. I just wrote a post about this, sort of, maybe you can come by and read it. It’s about Living in the presence of God so that when others encounter us, we don’t have to worry about “evangelizing them”, our presence and the presence of God living in us will shine so bright that they will literally want to know how to get what we want. I guess that is where I am in the journey right now, trying to stir up more of Him in me, to let it shine through me. God bless you my friend. Robin

  2. Dr.D December 6, 2008 3:49 pm

    Robin-Thanks for your comments. Your latest post was really powerful -keep up the great work. As long as you follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit you will continue to be a blessing for others–your blog reflects that truth.


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