Two Evangelical Clichés Reexamined

A couple of recent posts by fellow United Methodists have caught my attention. Each suggested a better way to say something important.

  • Talbot Davis: “A living relationship with Jesus Christ” instead of “a personal relationship.”
  • Matt Lipan: “Love the sinner, and help him/her to keep from sinning” instead of “love the sinner, hate the sin.”

I think I’ll adopt Davis’ suggestion as a regular figure of speech. Lipan’s is a little awkward for everyday use. I like both, however, because they take evangelical clichés and express them in a way that recognizes the ecclesial component of Christianity. Christian faith is not solitiary; it is lived in community. Believers in a living relationship with Jesus Christ are actively engaged with their brothers and sisters in Christ.