THE ATTRACTION OF PLAIN LANGUAGE

October 22, 2019

 

The parables that Jesus employed were often intended to be cloaked in certain mystery, reserving the true meaning only for believers, but He never resorted to language that could be misunderstood.  The Lord spoke with very plain words which initiated an uproar of its own making. Matthew 13 records seven parables, all of which had something to do with the restoration of a political kingdom which the Jewish nation longed for.  “And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.  And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?  And they were offended in him” (Matthew 13:53-54, 57).  “No frills” speech was an affront to the sensitive ears of the gentry, but was well received by the common folks.

Now if Jesus had run out some educational rubbish like: “It is pertinent to scrutinize secular history minutely and delve into the magnetic attraction of the three-fold aspect in the prophetic realm to integrate the apocalyptic books into a perfect monogamy. The insidious approach that ignominiously questions the approbation and veracity of Daniel’s vision inexorably neglects the panoramic consummation of the in-depth view of mankind.  There is neither discrepancy nor incongruity in the validations and transition of the cataclysmic dispensations”, the aristocracy would have cheered in spite of having no idea what was said.  If anyone had the ability to dazzle the troops with “great swelling words,” it was Jesus Christ, but His compassion for regular people compelled Him to say things like:  “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out:  it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:  where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:47,48).  It’s a good bet that anyone who can read this comment can understand it even if old English is used.  Most folks have no trouble with the one syllable ‘thee, thy and thou;’ it’s only the intelligentsia that stumble over the unmistakable.

Donald Trump utilizes words that reach the masses…crazy, nuts, flaky, whacky, goofy, fake news, flipped out, cockamamie, etc., etc.  The president’s opponents, attempting to appear superior in reason and intelligence, resort to their description of him as mentally unstable, deranged, psychotic, hysterical, fantastical, irrational, unrealistic and ludicrous.  The hope is the average voter will be duly impressed with the notion that the wordsmiths must know what they are talking about.  But does that really work at the construction site, steel mill, manufacturing plant, bowling alley, farm or ranch?  Gullible college kids will buy into it, but what do they really know about life?

A seminary professor remarked:  “If you don’t know what you are talking about, baffle them with baloney.”  Of course, he was joking in an effort to make a point.  The Dems didn’t know this was sardonic humor, having made it a cornerstone of their political theology.  A classic example:  any discussion of open borders is totally irrelevant to national security, but one Trump phone call (which has been released) is a major threat to our future existence.  People who drive John Deere tractors can identify a bad odor quickly and make necessary steps to avoid walking in it.  The media elites just continue to slather on perfume, avoiding the removal of tangible flatulence (using their words).

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, which were a group that needed some serious rebuke, he said “...and my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (I Corinthians 2:4).  He later cautioned the Colossians about being beguiled with enticing words (see Colossians 2:4). It’s generally easier to trust someone whose speech is plain and straight forward even if it’s a little rough on the edges.  “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Science says:  “I am standing on the threshold about to enter a room.  It is a complicated business.  I must shove against an atmosphere, pressing with a force of fourteen pounds per square inch on my body.  I must make sure I land on a board that is traveling twenty miles per second around the sun.  I must do this with my head hanging outward in space from a round planet with magnetic storms blowing through the pores of my body.  The board I am about to step on has no substance; it is just atomic solar systems.  Will I not slip through?”

Common sense, which finds no residence in Washington or the media, says:  “Verily it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a proud intellectual to pass through a doorway. And whether that portal be the door to eternal life or a barn door, it might be wiser that he consent to be an ordinary sinner (now, there’s the rub) and walk in, instead of bragging about his knowledge of the difficulties involved, which simpler folks simply ignore as they step through.”

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