Confessions of a blithering idiot

So, I’ve been shuffling my feet and not starting to post the real church laundry stuff because I was worried about offending people, especially people that I know.

But hey, I may have already done it. A friend questioned my use of the phrase “useless idiots” in describing us Christians, and pointed out, quite rightly, that this isn’t how God sees us.

Now I’ve got this wide grin on my face as a result of the reminder of how much God loves me despite all my blithering idiot tendencies, mixed with concern that some Christians may be offended by the terminology I chose to use there. And of course I don’t think we’re really useless, God manages to use us somehow – but then, as a friend reminded me years ago and what she said has stayed with me, God even used a donkey to speak his message once. :)

So, what’s my point? just that this is something that happens all the time, we use a phrase or a metaphor or something in an attempt to illustrate a point we’re trying to make, but we’re not being totally precise in our choice of words all the time – not even pedants like me! – so someone at some point may take it the wrong way. In this example from the text on my About page I wasn’t really focused on talking about what we Christians are like, I was trying to get across a principle about our message to unbelievers – that our message isn’t about how wonderful we are, it’s about how wonderful God is. And one of the aspects of his wonderfulness is that he loves and saves even, as the song puts it, a wretch like me. And I’ve just proved how imperfect I am by phrasing that stuff in a way that may offend some people. And I guess there’ll be plenty more proof of my imperfection here, because every time I open my mouth there’s a strong possibility of my foot going straight in.

Which is part of why blogging is scary. But I’m going to do it anyway.

So I apologise in advance for all the times I will, no doubt, offend people. It’s not that I don’t care. I do. But if I wait till I can say things perfectly, it will be a long wait.

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2 thoughts on “Confessions of a blithering idiot

  1. “In comparison with God’s eternal wisdom, all of us are blithering idiots…” that sounds like a paraphrase of 1 Cor 1:25 to me. Or maybe 1 Cor 3:18-19.

    and yes – Blogging is scary. Offending people is scary. But Jesus is the only one that we have to please. Part of pleasing him means not offending people just to be offensive, but I think sometimes it means offending us when we need to be caught up short.

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