2020-09-15 - Faith Pronouns
I have always been a grammar nerd, so pronouns are important to me. But actually, they are important to all of us - not only for clarity in communication - but also for our faith walk!
In our original decision to accept Christ as our Savior, there can only be singular pronouns. There is an old saying, "there are no grandparents" in salvation. Though our relatives, teachers and friends can and do mentor, influence and teach us, they cannot acquire eternal life for us. That is a "do it yourself" deal. We won't be saved because we grew up in the church and our family members have been members of the church for decades or even centuries. We won't be saved because we hang out with good Christian friends or do good works with them, though those works should be the result of our salvation. Each one of us has to personally confess her / his personal sins to God, to ask for His forgiveness and then to accept Christ as the Savior who paid the price so we can live in Heaven with God forever after we die. No one else can do that for us. It just doesn't work that way; it is a unilateral decision!
John 3:16 (MSG) This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
However, once we are saved, our faith pronouns need to primarily be plural. We also need to think of others' needs when we are making out our budgets, leaving a portion to help those in need. We need to worship plurally, serve plurally and fellowship plurally. And in our everyday lives, we should also think of others when we make decisions, considering how they will affect others. That doesn't mean that none of our decisions should ever upset anyone; ultimately, we are to follow God's leading and that will definitely not please everyone. But as Christians, we are to be considerate of other people, starting with our family and including others in our lives, as well
Philippians 4:5a (NLT) Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.