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Drive-by Scripture: Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Colossians, chapter 3, verse 17)

For the Christians among my readership, who are probably about the only ones for whom today’s scriptural quote has any real meaning, I don’ t really need to explain this one. It’s pretty clear.

But…

…let me just say to a certain subset of Christians, please, please, please, stop saying “in Jesus’ name” so damn much. Among some Christians, I hear so many proclamations and prayers and statements in church following by “in Jesus’ name.”

I’m pretty sure Jesus knows. And God the Father, too. Frankly, if you have to say it all the time, I worry that you feel like you need a reminder of something that should be obvious.

Or you’re getting into rote repetition and ritual instead of truly meaning and even hearing what you are saying.

Or you’re just relying on a verbal crutch.

None of those things are all that fantastic. So, I’m not saying you can’t say “in Jesus’ name.

I’m just saying use it more sparingly. Like salt. Let’s not overdo things, OK? Otherwise, we start to sound like morons.




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