Shortly after I began writing this blog I began to question myself. Do English and Christian ideas have anything to do with each other? Was I stretching it? (To stretch something means to extend it beyond reasonable limits.) I was second-guessing* my decision to bring the Word and “words” together. There it was! It hit me!* The Word!, words. Word!*
The Word is another name for God. The Bible verse John 1:1 says,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Bible, is also called the word, or the word of God. When Word is capitalized it refers to God/Jesus. Lower case, the word, refers to scripture or to the smallest meaningful piece of language.
Of course “words” have everything to do with teaching and learning English.
Words are powerful. Words are fundamental to our thoughts, to understanding ourselves and developing relationships with others. Words can build up or tear down.
As a Christian, this makes sense to me since I believe that God is a god of relationships. I believe that God Himself came to earth as Jesus (fully human and fully God). Jesus was the bridge that restored our ability to have a relationship with God again. He did this by being The Word: telling us and showing us what God is like. Second, He did this by acting as a “stand-in” for each of us. Since God is perfect He can’t be a part of anything imperfect. Jesus Christ died as all men die, but because He was also God “death could not hold Him” (Acts 2:22-24). So, Christ (meaning the Anointed One) freakin’* rose from the grave! (This is the most amazing thing that has ever happened!) As our substitute, the life that Jesus restored…is our life. So we can have a personal relationship with God, our Creator and our Savior.
Remember earlier when I said words are powerful? The very first chapter of the first book in Bible, Genesis, says that God spoke things into existence. Later, Jesus said that with faith anything we ask for will be given to us (see Matt.7:7-8, 21:22, Mark 11:24, Luke 11:9, and John 14:13-14).
As a child I remember shouting this when other children were saying mean things and taunting* me,
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”
Now we are much more aware of the psychological and emotional damage that harsh and careless words cause. Maybe the true practice of religion is using our words like Jesus did, to communicate love, compassion, forgiveness, and kindness? Word!