Tripp and Tyler are a well known (in Christian circles) sketch comedy duo (www.trippandtyler.tv). Their material is fun to watch and often contains a gotcha message Jesus followers need (may not want) to hear. This is one of those videos.
(If it does not play, the link is Shoot Christians Say)
Whats the point? Could it be that our language keeps us from communicating a clear message to the world ("christian" and otherwise) we are trying to impact with the message of Jesus? Yes.
I love talking with those who are easy to read and communicate their feelings without the churchy qualifiers. I find that type of communication authentic and reflective of many of the psalms that state raw, unfiltered truths about life and the experience of living in a fallen world. That type of honest communication also allows for a deeper, more relevant discussion of faith.
Here are a few suggestions for dropping the Shoot Christians Say:
- Don't defend. There are times shoot is shared because we feel like God is being attacked by someone we are talking to and we do not have an answer for their complaint. Remember, it is alright to say nothing or...get ready..."I don't know" when God (or you) is being attacked.
- Don't deflect. There are times shoot is shared when we feel cornered by someone asking about (sometimes prying) our personal life and/or walk (used in the most authentic sense here) with Christ. Yes, it is not responsible or recommended that you open up to everyone who asks you questions. However, there SHOULD BE someone in your life with a high level of clearance and openness is a given.
- Don't destroy. There are times shoot is shared because we want to gossip about the evil in someone's life but we have no intention on talking with that person directly. In short, don't talk about someone if you do not have the intention of directly visiting and/or finding help (that you are directly involved with) for that person.
- Don't discombobulate (sorry, I wanted a "d-word" for confuse). It is easy to confuse the simple message of Jesus with a myriad of marketing angles. If you do not believe this, next time you are driving down the road, read all of the signs wanting you to come to their church. I am not against marketing! I am against anything that discombobulates (confuses) the simple message of Jesus. Oh, often more confusing than a billboard is the "insider" language we speak to each other about our programs and events.