Us versus Them: Unhealthy Insider Language

Recently I have been wrestling again with the insider language that Christians  use.  I remember reading a few different articles about Tim Keller (Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) in which he discussed the importance of preaching with a non-Christian audience in mind.

So often American culture wars are couched by Christians in “us versus them” language.  Statements such as “the liberals” or “the homosexuals” really distance the people whom we want to hear the message of the gospel.

What happened to the idea that we are no better than persons with whom we disagree?  Many people have tremendous sin problems, however, “there but for the grace of God go I.”  I must always be reminded that my sin is as grievous to God as any other sin.  As I’ve heard it said, “The ground is level at the foot of the cross.”

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