REDEFINING WORDS

Daily Devotional

“When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips wise” (Proverbs 10:19).

When words are no longer effective in explaining away sin, the next step is to change the definition of words so as to accommodate our sin. For instance, sanctity of life issues such as abortion are draped in the language of choice. Euthanasia is now described as an act of mercy or dying with dignity. Most recently, marriage, a term historically, cross culturally, and theologically (All major world religions) understood as male plus female, has fallen into the quagmire of verbal revision and the unprecedented notion of it being a union of two people and no longer defined by gender. While, in the name of progress, activists seek to denigrate marriage to nothing more than a social/sexual arrangement, it is the church that must model the design, mystery, symbolism, givenness, and implications of marriage.

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