For three days a week ago, Christian Piatt (pictured at right) looked at oft-used Christian clichés. While we were tempted to reblog the whole thing here, we thought we’d provide you with the links, but also list the words and phrases that Christian identified. He came up with 29. Why there was one short in the last list is never explained. Maybe you can leave a comment and help him come up with #30. (Or more.)
Read article one in the series here: Ten Cliches Christians Should Never Use
Read article two in the series here: Ten More Cliches Christians Should Avoid
Read article three in the series here: Nine (Final) Christian Cliches to Avoid
- Everything happens for a reason
- If you died today, do you know where you’d spend the rest of eternity?
- He/she is in a better place
- Can I share a little bit about my faith with you?
- You should come to church with me on Sunday
- Have you asked Jesus into your heart?
- Do you accept Jesus as your personal lord and savior?
- This could be the end of days
- Jesus died for your sins
- Will all our visitors please stand?
- Love the sinner, hate the sin
- The Bible clearly says
- God needed another angel in heaven, so He called him/her home
- Are you saved?
- The Lord never gives someone more than they can handle
- America was founded as a Christian nation
- The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it
- It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve
- Jesus was a Democrat/Republican
- (Insert sin here) is an abomination in the eyes of God
- Christianity is the only way to God/Heaven
- When God closes a door, He opens a window
- God helps those who help themselves
- Perhaps God is (causing something negative) to get your attention/It is God’s way of telling you it is time for (fill in the blank)
- There, but for the grace of God, go I
- If you just have enough faith (fill in the blank) will happen for you
- I don’t put God in a box
- (Insert name) is a good, God-fearing Christian.
- God is in control
Quite the list, huh? As I copied/pasted each one here, it was all I could do not to include some of the commentary that goes with each. (And pictures, too!) Every one of these could make a great discussion subject, and I don’t promise that further down the road, we might steal the entire post for one (or all) of the lists.
But in the meantime, please click and comment at Christian’s blog. (You can leave a comment here if there’s one or two you’d like to see evolve as a separate discussion here at T.O.L.)
Oh, and there’s more, too:
Read Part Four here: Ten Antidotes to Christian Cliches