I have a confession: Sometimes I use words without knowing what they mean. This habit began in the first grade with the “Pledge of Allegiance.” I said “republic, liberty, and justice,” but I really did not know what they meant. Even when I memorized the definition, I didn’t fully grasp all the power of the words until adulthood.
If I do not know a word now, I just use the context to make a guess and keep on reading. I gave up trying to keep up with teen slang about a decade ago. The reason I bring this up is that when I talk with or about Christians lately, we have to define terms. Words that I have used for almost 50 years seem to have a different meaning. (more…)