Quite some time ago I learned of a movement to eliminate certain phrases in the language “lingo” of churches. The word “blood”, for example, created a bad impression for a non-Christian coming into the church setting and hearing songs such as “There is Power in the Blood” and “Are You Washed in the Blood?”, it was gross imagery.
Well, that of course led to ” cleaning up” the events leading to and of Christ’s crucifixion. Oh, and let’s not mention the old-fashioned words like sin, salvation, repentance, hell or Satan. A little whitewash here, a fudging of reality there, and we could bring a lot more people into the church by just making things more pleasant and pleasing to the ear and mind.
Paul said, in 2 Timothy 4:2-4:“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
I can put it much plainer. The time has long begun to pass where mankind has whitewashed our sin stained souls with pleasant thoughts, good intentions, pretty words and “feel good” mentalities.
I’m all for presenting the truth by new methods! I’m so grateful Christian films have finally moved out of the “cheesy” category. I think the use of media, blogs, books, music with drums, guitars and a beat and human videos, puppets and dramas are fantastic. I love to see, sing and create them.
But hogwash to whitewash!
Recently as I’ve twisted and mourned my way through having to go on disability one of the saving events of my peace of mind has been my container garden. Our back porch is a spot of growth and life, green healthy vegetable and herb plants, colorful flowers and tiny buds of tomatoes, squash and bell peppers. I find enormous satisfaction each day as I water, weed, pinch off dying blooms and leaves in the evidence of my “farm”. There is a connection with my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who were gardeners or full fledged farmers. It’s in my blood to enjoy growing food and flowers.
As is my love of reading, my skin tone, eye and hair color, body size and build, the shape of my face. I look at my hands and foot and I see my mother. I look at my eyes and see my father. I look at my body and face and see my paternal grandmother. These things, these characteristics, body or heart, are in my blood, in my DNA.
We can’t “clean up” the legacy of our Christian family either. The crucifixion and the trail and punishments beforehand for Jesus Christ were gory, bloody, inhumane, and it is by every single wound and drop of blood we are forgiven of our sins. It is by Christ’s sacrifice of Himself and His death and resurrection we are restored to a personal relationship with God, our Creator.
The power, majesty, love, redemption, salvation and eternity are in the blood.. Don’t forget who you are, it’s in your blood because it is by His blood we are grafted into the family of God.