Christianese and the Christian Bubble

I was reading a blog the other day, and I am going to be honest, I was having trouble keeping up with the Christianese that was being said. I knew it was one of those times as a Christian where you were like “Amen, girl”, but in the back of your mind you’re like “I ain’t got no idea what she just said, but it sure sounded nice.” It got me to thinking, “Have I placed myself in a Christian bubble where the common language is Christianese?”

First, let me explain Christianese to y’all that don’t understand what I mean. Some examples of Christianese would be instead of saying “we are hanging out”, we say “we are doing life together”. Instead of “let me pray for you”, we say “let me lay hands on you” (cause that doesn’t sound creepy). Instead of “I’m forgiven”, we say “washed by the Blood of Jesus” (cause that doesn’t sound creepy either). Instead of “the struggle is real”, we say “this has been a real battle of the flesh”. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with saying any of those phrases. I am just saying there is a time and place to use these phrases and we need to be aware of who we are using them to.

I recently was catching up with one of my old friends the other day, hearing all about his life and what he’s been up to. He is not a Christian, nor really knows much about it other than there’s a dude named Jesus who people read about and listen to what he says to do with your life. He was telling me about a pretty rough patch he’s been going through; asking for prayer and encouragement. So me, the churched girl that I am began speaking Christianese. Thankfully, he just told me straight up, “girl, I ain’t got no idea what you are saying.”

I stopped. Thought to myself, “wow. I can’t believe I just said “spending quiet time seeking His face” instead of “spending time reading the Bible and praying.” That’s a heck of a lot easier to comprehend for someone who hasn’t had a quiet time in his whole life nor even knows what that means. I spoke so much Christianese that he got confused.

There is nothing wrong with how I said that originally but speaking Christianese to a non-Christian is like a Latino trying to speak to me in Spanish, which I can really only say about five words, sadly two of them are foods, which I don’t even pronounce right apparently, and one is cat (meow).

This takes me back to my original question “Have I placed myself in a Christian bubble that I don’t realize I’m speaking Christianese?” Is God’s story of my life getting lost in translation?  Am I so prideful that I have to sound the most legit when I am speaking about Christ? Am I trying to sound like I got it all together?

Y’all. Dang. Wow. Welp, that was a blow to my ego.

I catch myself, even now while I am typing this, truly thinking and manipulating what I want to say to sound more in depth with Christ. Like I get it. I get Him. We on that level.

While I am here on Earth, I will not be on that level. I will never fully comprehend Christ and all His goodness, so why not be honest about it. That’s why I am always learning. I am always challenged, because He is that awesome.

God reminded me of many stories about Jesus meeting people where they were. He dined with the sinners, the lame, the undesirables. When everyone else was “too good” to reach these people, Jesus met them where they were. He met them at their level. He wasn’t confusing, nor prideful. He was patient and loving.

“When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?"  But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.  "But go and learn what this means: 'I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." – Matthew 9:11-13

Has Christianese become one of those languages that is used to show off how “spiritual” we’ve become instead of expressing what He’s done?

I might be the only one that has caught herself trying to sound legit. Like I got my life all together, but I want to let you know I don’t.

I want my words to encourage, not confuse. So why would I try to purposely do that? Pride. Insecurity. Yes, peeps. I am that prideful to flaunt my Christianity to non-Christians and I am that insecure to want to sound deeper than I am. How’s that for transparency? (another word for honesty, but we like to refer ourselves as transparent, clear like a Ziploc bag, so errbody can see our junk).

My prayer now is that I won’t get so caught up in the comfortable “Christian bubble” that all I speak is Christianese when I talk about Christ. My prayer is that I won’t be confusing to sound legit and like I have it all together, but I would be real and upfront about what Christ has done in my life.

God is doing a work in my heart and continually showing me areas that need to be chiseled and molded for His glory.

(What I really mean is “Dude, I need Jesus”). 


With Love,

Katie Smith