For the past few years, I’ve been wondering, what is it that makes Christians so awkward?
At first, I thought it was their weird language, Christianese. Christians throw around terms like sanctification, tribulation, salvation, fellowship, and hallelujah. Does anyone else use words like this? Ever? Christians may ask you questions like, “Have you been born-again?” “Have you invited Jesus into your heart?” “Do you have eternal life?” What? Then, if you meet some smarty-pants Christians, they’ll talk like they’re from another planet. They might talk about the propitiation of Christ’s sacrifice, our sinful concupiscence, the antinomian controversy, amillenialism vs. premillenialism. These cats may study soteriology and pneumatology, and they may bring up two of my favorite terms: supralapsarianism and infralapsarianism.
To which most people respond, What the hell are you talking about?
“Well, it depends on which hell you are talking about. Gehenna, Hades, or Tartaro?” says Mr. Educated Christian.
But the more I thought about it, I realized every field of study has its own lingo. Mathematicians talk about asymptotes and the anti-derivative of a function and a regular dodecahedron. Business people talk about procurements and the elasticity of demand, and they have acronyms like CFO, LLC, and CPI. Those things considered, I guess theologians can use their own lingo if they please.
But if it isn’t the lingo, what could account for this Christian awkwardness?