Believer 1: Did you read up on the sermons notes about the archetypes of the salvation narrative found throughout scripture?
Believer 2: Sorry, I was too busy looking into covenantal theology on grace, irresistible grace, and prevenient grace to prepare for Sunday’s lessons.
Seeker of God: What on earth are you two talking about?
Sometimes Christians are so used to talking to each other, they forget to make themselves more easily understood especially online where oftentimes they don’t directly interact with lurkers who may or may not understand the finer points of theology. I’m amazed at how technology had made it easier for Christians to learn more from our thinkers, past and present, but it can also present problems with communication.
I know, the internet is like having a virtual dictionary, the lurker in question could very easily search for archetypes, salvation, narrative, scripture, covenant theology, grace, etc. But that just brings up page after page of results written from all sorts of perspectives. Not all of them agree and it can cause more confusion.
Besides, part of being believers is relating to one another, not relegating random seekers to random websites from who knows where. It’s nice to know that when you have a conversation going on, you are respected, you are understood, and you receive helpful answers. It’s not nice to be ignored, disrespected, called named, trolled, or given unhelpful, conflicted, and confusing answers.
Jesus never bothered with Christianese, he found a way to relate difficult truths about the Kingdom of God to ordinary, everyday people and experiences, such as farming, fishing, serving, making bread, shepherding, travelling, and finding lost things among other things. The people in his parables were from all walks of life, young, old, men, women, rich, poor, righteous and sinful. Jesus knew not to use a fishing metaphor in the middle of a farming community and not to deliver a farming metaphor from the docks. That way, people could understand concepts that weren’t easily explained.
Christians have a lot to learn from Jesus.