Sign Language

>> Thursday, August 9, 2012

I sat in Starbucks, watching a very unusual sight. Sitting at the bar by the window … with his back to me … was a young man … Skyping. Now that’s not all that uncommon … except for one thing. He was using sign language. I could see the screen on his computer … and the other person was signing right back. They were communicating in their own special way.

A very silent conversation … and one I could not understand.

And I’ve pondered … about a unique language I grew up with … in church. In my earlier years I listened to many conversations loaded with religious words that I understood because I had been trained in that vernacular. Words like:

            Blood of Christ
            New Covenant
            Spiritual Gifts
            Stumbling Block
But to someone on the outside of my religion this was an unknown language.

Now, as a Christ-follower, I try to speak in words that anyone can understand … simple words. My desire is for others to have a relationship with Jesus … and pious words are not needed for that to happen. Everyone understands words like: 


Are you still using sign language?

“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:6 (NLT)


Joanne Sher August 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM  

Excellent thoughts, Joy. And a super analogy.

Joy Bach August 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM  

Thanks so much Joanne. I appreciate you so much.

doyoumeanwhatiknow August 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM  

Sometimes it's so difficult to use words everyone would know. Even those that use the same words often have different meanings for them. How can they hear if we speak a foreign language? It's too easy to slide into "church speak" even among young Christians who need to learn what those words mean. Angie:)

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