Many Christians make a big deal about the use of the word I too much in church. They complain about how people talk to much about I and me. They say the music is shallow because it refers to the first person too much.
Ironically, I used the word they twice in the last paragraph.
It is ironic, because I do not necessarily think I and me are the most dangerous pronouns in the Christian’s vocabulary. For me, it is they.
- We trot they out every time we want to complain without complaining: “They are saying…”
- We use they every time we want someone else to do something we’re supposed to: “They need to reach their friends…”
- We default to they whenever a sermon should convict us: “They really needed that!”
- And of course, we use it when something happens we do not like: “They’re doing it again!”
I wonder who this they is, and why if they are so active, they never seem to actually speak directly to me. How is that they are never in the meetings they need to be in and they always manage to get away with whatever they are doing.
One of the most difficult, but rewarding, things we can do as Christians is recognize that WE are they. Every time we think of them, we should just turn the focus on ourselves.
- We are complaining but aren’t honest enough to admit it.
- We need to be doing the stuff we’re supposed to do.
- We really needed that sermon.
- We are responsible for it.