I was struck on the way home yesterday that we in the church use very dated language.
I cycled by a church on in South London and they have a huge banner declaring that only by the name of Jesus are we saved – which is indeed true, but to the un-churched around us, that means absolutely nothing. Saved from what, exactly?
In Jesus’ day, the Jews didn’t have a word for religion as it was an intrinsic part of their life, so they understood concepts of sin, grace, judgement, blessing etc. They would have understood that to be ‘saved’ is to be rescued from death and judgement – but now we are in a time where people are increasingly spiritual but have no anchor as we live in a pick‘n’mix culture, most people would associate save with either football, money or electronic filing.
And I’m not sure what language we use ; the weighty concepts of eternal heaven and hell, righteous judgement and grace have become watered down and form part of everyday casual language.
I’m stuck and need some help here, any thoughts?