Are We Spiritually Desensitized?

I was sitting in the office the other day and I was surprised by the language I heard my colleagues use when discussing business practices. To preface, I work for an HR software development company, it is not religiously affiliated, so you can imagine my surprise, when in the course of one day I heard around 10 references to religiously charged words. In average conversation, I heard words like “agnostic,” “10 commandments,” “gospel,” “moral” and “spiritual.” Now these words were not being used in the sense one might imagine; they were phrased in terms like “the task is more of an agnostic idea right now” or “it’s kind of a spiritual concept, it’s not gospel or the 10 commandments.” 
As I listened to my coworkers I started to wonder, have we become spiritually immune to the divine? My coworkers were using words that are typically reserved for spiritual discussions as descriptive adjectives in conversations about a development project. When did the Gospel lose it’s meaning as the “good news” concerning God restoring His relationship with mankind through death on the cross, only to have its meaning replaced by an adjective to be used in every day conversation?

We see this every day in television as well. I was watching an episode of one of the more popular vampire shows today with some friends and I was surprised by the religious imagery and references. There was an astounding amount. But as the episode continued it became clear that they were misrepresentations of the Christian message and church. My friends told me that these references were simply a joke, but as I thought of it more I began to wonder, how many people only experience Christianity through the media? I’m sad to say, I would imagine that the overwhelming majority of Americans only experience Christ through the media and it’s not painting a pretty picture.

When words once reserved for priests are so stripped of their religious connotation that they can be used in ordinary business conversation, without causing an eyebrow raise in our overly politically correct society, when religious slander can be played as entertainment, without raising the hackles of the average Christian observer, are we not desensitized to the divine?

We want to see God move in our lives. We wonder why we don’t hear His voice, why it feels like He isn’t even there, why our prayers seem to never be answered. Could it be the result of our own desensitization? When we stop thinking of the divine as DIVINE, of God as GOD, of Christ as CHRIST, of the creator as THE CREATOR, what do we expect? When we fill our minds with messages that undercut the truth of HIS WORD, how can we expect to recognize Him when He works? How can we expect Him to work when we don’t even care if His name is defiled on national broadcasting? Now I’m not calling for censorship or banning of programs; that won’t solve anything, because the heart of the people is what has caused these shows to be aired. We need to change our hearts. We need to sharpen our minds to Christ’s truth. We need to think on what is lovely, pure, trust-worthy and holy; we need to set our hearts and minds on God if we hope to see Him work in our lives. He’s waiting for you. He’s sent His word and His son so that you can know Him. All you have to do is seek Him through Bible reading and prayer with an honest, open heart and you’ll find more than you ever could have imagined. So what are you going to do?

One Comment:

  1. Kristen,
    I’ve encountered the same thing in my work. Words that have specific spiritual meanings that have been appropriated by the secular world and used in everyday conversation to sound hip. While I suppose that most don’t mean anything disrespectful to Christianity by this, it does cheapen the words when they are stripped of their spiritual meaning or references and used instead as kind of contemporary slang.
    At the end other of the spectrum, I am disconcerted by Christians who seem intent on using the lexicon of contemporary slang and business jargon to make the church seem relevant. It makes our Christian faith seem like a commodity that is being branded and sold in the marketplace like a consumer product.