A few days ago on twitter I posted a needless “churchism” and it got me to thinking about some of the things we say in church and how even though they sound good and spiritual it’s either pointless, a given, or makes no sense. So today, I’m going to give you a few of those needless churchisms and why I think they are all silly.
#1 “You may be seated in the presence of the Lord”.
This is the one I posted on twitter. I know what is meant when this is said. Sometimes it is said when there is a physical/emotional feel of His presence, however like I pointed out on twitter, everywhere we are seated we are in the presence of the Lord, so technically, when I’m sitting on the toilet I am seated in the presence of the Lord. This makes me wonder if I am closer to God in the bathroom since we are both sitting on the throne.
#2 “There is a special presence of the Spirit here today”.
Again, I know what is meant by this, when there is a move of the Spirit that can be felt physically and brings emotions to it this phrase is said. Yet if we think about it even when we can’t “feel” the presence it’s still there and it’s still special. I’m not being nit-picky and I’m not saying we shouldn’t say these things, I just see the humor that’s in some of our best phrases.
#3 “If there was ever a time we needed the Lord, it’s the time we are living in right now.”
This by far is the most popular phrase, preachers say it all the time and honestly this is one of the dumbest things we could ever say. (Hoping I have never said it and now never say it in the future). This sounds good and the Amen corner wakes up on this one but come on, we always need the Lord, the same amount we’ve always needed Him.
#4 “Tell three people you love them in the Lord”.
I’m twenty-five and I still haven’t figured this one out yet. And what’s with the three or five people thing anyway? Also a sub point, I don’t get the purpose of the greeting time in worship, yes it’s good to mingle, but is the two to four minutes really necessary considering most people just rotate to those in front, beside, and around themselves. And we all know if you’ve been to church more than two weeks you have your seat on your row and so does everyone else in church.
That’s all of the ones I can think of right now, I’m sure some more will come out from time to time. Which ones did I miss, comment and let me know.