Look around. It’s happening right before our eyes. Listen up. It’s within earshot. Jesus is edited out of nearly every nook and cranny of our world.
Deemed bold, opinionated, and creative in many aspects of life, I gladly wear the labels for my passions. Speaking events give me opportunities to talk about Jesus. And writing in the non-fiction Christian genre, I pen the name of Christ on the page and screen.
Sometimes the creative juices flow, letting the words spill out as I type and take dictation from God and my soul. However, a great writer must also become a student of another class, Editing 101.
Edit. Revise. Cut. Delete. Modify.
Yet, I find it difficult to let go of words I want to keep. Learning when and how much to hit the delete button. Knowing which sentences to rephrase, and what paragraphs to move and where to place them. And deciphering how to arrange everything in a succinct way—reminiscent of rocket science. Seriously, I believe it’s a spot-on analogy.
Editing takes place in films, books, articles, speeches, radio shows, and news reports. A good tool, editing polishes the final product for your guests, readers, listeners, or viewers.
But when overdone, editing kills the life and energy we first intended. The original meaning lost after all the cuts. Over-editing insists on removing key components from the story for more flavor. Yet, it “throws the baby out with the bath water.”
Over edited, our world follows suit on cultural and spiritual issues. Editing freedom of speech in shows, messages, headlines, cover stories, or articles. (Is this resonating with anybody?)
Editing of the key component to my story and the story of life occurs in our schools. Sports events delete Jesus by forbidding prayers in His name. Live television interviews turn awkward when someone mentions the name of Jesus. Re-broadcasts make cuts for political correctness.
Still, even believers participate in modifying Jesus in our conversations, relationships, and workplace. It’s no longer difficult to let go of words we once wanted to keep—careful not to offend anyone. Learning when and how much to hit the delete button about spiritual issues or we are accused of shoving Jesus down people’s throats.
We know which sentences to rephrase for a softer and more acceptable message, even if we compromise truth.
Erasing the name of Jesus. We claim He’s present in our lives. But in an edited, revised version.We only play the #Jesus card when we need the full, unedited version of Him. Click To Tweet
The world system passed Editing 101 with flying colors. Edit. Revise. Cut. Delete. Modify. Techniques performed on the gospel and on Jesus, the Son of God.
As Christians and the church, we often jump on the Jesus-editing-bandwagon in subtle ways portraying our faith in a subdued light. But nothing about Jesus screams subtle or subdued, my friend. The essence of Christ commands a boldness without changes.
Make no mistake.Editing #Jesus and His words cause adverse effects similar to warning labels. #world Click To Tweet
So what about my day-to-day life? Do my lips and life speak the name of Jesus? Is the name of Jesus written across the pages of my story?
Let’s consider Jesus in His unedited version…
God in the flesh came to earth, died a sacrificial death on the cross for the sins of all mankind. Buried in a borrowed tomb and raised to life on the third day. Jesus appeared to over 500 people (who I imagine gave an unedited account of seeing Him).
Christ ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.
Jesus alone is sinless. He alone reigns as Lord.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Jesus saves. Eternity is in His hands.
The world edits Jesus to kill the life and energy God first intended in His writings of the Scriptures. But don’t fall prey to editing the King of Glory. Our faith in the Lord and person of Jesus Christ should never lose its original meaning.
While I continue as a student in editing class for good and purposeful writing. I refuse to edit Jesus in my life and words.Jesus in me is Jesus unedited. Period. #Jesus #blog Click To Tweet
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Sometimes I participate in these link-ups: Kelly Balarie/Purposeful Faith, Patricia Holbrook/Soaring With Him, Meghan Weyerbacher/TeaandtheWord, Lyli Dunbar/#FaithOnFire & Crystal Storms/Heart Encouragement.
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January 25, 2018 at 9:28 am | Uncategorized