I read an online article in which a blogger* railed against referring to LGBT+ family and friends as “them.” He them – um, then – proceeded to refer to gay people as “them” several times. It is alright for me to say certain words and NEVER okay for you to do the same.
While there are some words and cliches that must go, I don’t think we need to eliminate everyday words like “them” from our vocabulary. Instead, we must reclaim through all our actions, attitudes and words an authentic reflection of Jesus living in us. When we allow His love to shine through us, the paralysis of word choice is replaced by a freedom to simply engage others like Jesus does.
It helps if we will avoid “us versus them” language that turns grace into a competition, pits God against others, denigrates personal value, or leaves some feeling unwelcome. Remember: while every person is both an “us” and a “them” to someone, there can be no “us versus them” in how we reflect God to our world. Amen.
* Post Note: My intention is not to criticize this blogger – I fully support his broader message!
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