A Jagged Contention: Trivializing Sin

“The deep symbol of sin is one we also often trivialize by terming it merely a mistake. Many sins we euphemize; for example, we label fornication ‘sleeping together,’ which sounds so nice and cozy. We call it ‘fudging on our income tax’ when we cheat the government or a ‘little white lie’ when we do violence to the truth. Since in our culture we do not name sin for the despicable sin that it is, we rarely recognize how truly dead we are (see Ephesians 2:1-3).”

-Marva J Dawn in The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call pg. 53


Dawn demonstrates why the language we use to preach sin matters. What are other examples of how we have cheapened or sanitized the language of scripture? Can you think of examples of words we use that sell the gospel short?

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