Does anyone out there remember William F. Buckley? I enjoyed just listening to him, even if I didn’t understand all the multisyllabic words he used!
“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.”
See? My word processor automatically underlines “usurpatory” in red, which means even my computer doesn’t understand the word! But here’s one that’s pretty clear:
“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”
Classic Wm. F.
Which was also one of the on-going brilliant pieces of comedy written into Archie Bunker’s character à la All in the Family. Archie definitely knew what he wanted to say, just not always the words to say it, (watch, at your own risk…):
So, I find it unfortunate when our culture misuses (or completely disregards) important words, especially in our Christian culture. I’m all about using modern day vernacular (oooh, that’s a good one!), but it’s necessary that we don’t chuck terms that are well worth the investment of learning. And applying.
(Correctly, that is.)
Here is one that I think we tend to shy away from: consecration. A synonym is sanctification—whoa! Five syllables that one. It means set apart for special use—kind of like how your Great Dane may not realize that the commode is not for drinking water…(yes, guys, yet another reason for keeping the lid down.)
In point of fact, words such as:
Then Hezekiah said, “Now that you have CONSECRATED [emphasis mine] yourselves to the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the Lord.” And the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all those who were willing brought burnt offerings.
Here, good King Hezekiah has wisely recognized the shambles his kingdom is in, both physically and morally, the former caused by the latter, and sets out to fix it by “doing the stuff” commanded in the Book. A closer look reveals that our concepts of salvation and sanctification are both present.
Old Testament atonement (same as New Testament “salvation”) was something provided for us through the sacrifice of another. Consecration (or, “sanctification”), on the other hand, is a personal sacrifice. True, it’s all by the power and grace of Another, but there is still plenty of “me” involved in the daily, moment-by-moment choices.
And Jesus Himself makes it clear that personal sanctification is not just for me, but for others’ benefit as well:
For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
And Paul makes this observation:
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
It is because of God’s promises that I have both the want-to and the ability clean up my act. What promises? #1 is relationship with Him. Sheesh, that’s enough right there, but no! There’s more! However, since my word limit doesn’t allow for exhaustive consideration of that particular topic, suffice it to say…
So the Temple of the Lord was restored to service.
Restoration…there’s a word everyone understands!
2 Chronicles 29:35 (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.