To see how integrated deistic language has been in our culture for the past century, just think about the vernacular that everyone uses every single day.
We use deistic language when we’re:
Surprised - Oh my GOD.
Frustrated - JESUS CHRIST!
Angry - God d*** it!
Relieved - Thank God!
Standardizing something by calling it “Bible” or the “Gospel”
Or how about these popular slogans:
"Like sheep in wolf’s clothing"
"a David and Goliath situation"
"This is my cross to bear"
What happens when people are surrounded by the language of God, the sayings of God, and the stories of God, without really hearing it in the context of the Gospel of God?
What happens when people that don’t even believe in God are the ones emphatically saying these things?
I believe we begin to think we know what God’s about without actually looking into the bible. We don’t hear enough to make an educated decision on our faith, but we hear just enough to feel like we understand what God’s about and disregard it.
I believe a tragic, subtle form of inoculation to the Gospel occurs to our culture.
When talking about Jesus to non-believers, I find that oftentimes people immediately respond with difficult, deep-rooted questions. The “why is there evil in the world” kind of questions, as if they had already read through the Bible and came up with these questions themselves - what a rarity that is amongst non-believers!
This is what inoculation looks like. It’s feeling like you understand the whole thing without having gone through the evidence.
There probably used to be a time when people said these things in the context of their knowledge of the Bible, and they actually meant them. When they said “Thank GOD” after something happened, they actually thanked Him. When they said “Hallelujah”, it was actually praising God. Now, we unfortunately live in a society where it’s commonplace to take the Lord’s name in vain.
As one person I feel that there’s not much I can do but be wary of how I speak, because it can have many subtle implications on an entire culture’s faith views. When I say God, Lord, or Jesus, do people know that I’m actually talking about Him?
More importantly, do I know that I’m actually talking about Him?
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14