A Simple Language

Two older children were playing near where I was sitting. As they rapidly talked to each other, I realize they were talking in a special English language of their own. They would speak, laugh and enjoy themselves in a code that I could not follow. When I asked how they learned the different language, they said they used it together. Although a part of the group, I struggled to keep up the conversation.

Later, as I thought about the situation, I realized that within the Christian circles we have developed our own language standards — Words that are familiar to us but cause the non Christian to stumble and struggle with the language. I often wonder if they see this language and codes as one they must adopt if they become a Christian. Has the intellectual pursuit of philosophy and theology caused us to become non communicators with those who do not know Christ?

As Jesus spoke to the multitudes even the children could understand Him. Displayed thoughout the book of John are various instances where Jesus spoke with simplicity and used common occurrences in nature to show he was the Son of Man. He invited all who would hear and spoke with clarity. He spoke to the temple experts in their own language which usually confounded or caused them to become irritated. We can take a lesson from Jesus as we explain the good news to our friends and family and those who do not know him. We need to meet people at their location in a language that is simple and comfortable with them.

Jesus however said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs.” Matt 19:14 (NT in Modern Speech)

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