It’s Time We Got An Acronym

All ye fellow authentic followers of Jesus Christ, listen up.

We need an acronym and we need one now.

Acronyms give groups of like-minded people instant identity.

Some acronyms are so familiar that we not only recognize their group or following, we often understand their mission and purpose. And we know, by their acronym, if we like them or not.

For instance most folks would recognize AA right off the bat. We see AA and we know it’s Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a traditional, time-honored, successful twelve-step recovery program for those suffering from alcohol addiction. They have regular meetings and drink a lot of coffee.  Many of us probably know that BBB stands for the Better Business Bureau. Most folks would probably recognize the acronym IBM before they’d know what the I and the B and the M stand for.

We all recognize NBC, CBS and ABC. Wonder what FOX stands for? We know what AWOL means, and POW and WMD. Don’t most of us dread dealing with the IRS? Lots of folks have CD’s or 401K’s. We know what the NFL is and we watch ESPN. We stay clear of the CIA. We don’t want to get a DUI and we dread getting frisked by the TSA.

The point is we live in a world of acronyms. Even those organizations some folks consider the underbelly of society, plunging our culture into the toilet, have them. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation calls their organization GLAAD. And if someone flashes their GLBT card at the checkout, some would recognize them as a member of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender crowd.

Who would have thought our society would crawl so far into the gutter that we’d identity these folks who need Jesus so desperately with acronyms? Who would have thought that these folks would build such well-oiled, publicity-seeking, clamoring-for-recognition organizations? And that some folks and the mainstream media would categorize their lifestyle by their acronym?

As we consider what our acronym for authentic followers of Jesus might be, we need to remember that God loves each member of GLAAD and GLBT. He waits patiently for them to know Him and become His child. He is waiting for someone to tell them about His love for them. That’s the challenge for those who call themselves “Christians” and all the authentic followers of Christ, isn’t it?

What would you do if you got behind a Hell’s Angel in the line at the grocery store? (I don’t think they have an acronym. They don’t need one.) How would you respond to a man wearing a dress, a wig and high heels who sat next to you on a park bench? What would you say to someone who walked up to you and flashed their GLBT card at you and asked if they could tell you about him/herself?

Sadly, in my opinion, many who call themselves “Christians” and “church-goers” would walk away or look down on “those kinds” of people. Forgetting that when Jesus was here He hung out with those kinds of people. He gravitated to them. They followed Him. They liked Him. He did not hang out with the religious hypocrites or the snooty law-keepers and temple-goers.

I’ve got an idea for an acronym. It’s the way Jesus teaches us to behave. It’s the way Jesus teaches us to respond to those who need to know Jesus so desperately.

LOA — Love One Another. What if the mainstream media started referring to authentic followers of Jesus in their news stories as LOA’s — not because we advertise our acronym on billboards and letterhead and church signs. But because that’s how OTHER FOLKS see us treating one another. WOW!

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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8 Responses to It’s Time We Got An Acronym

  1. writinggomer says:

    Great article Steve. We all fall down on the job, especially in these types of situations. It takes a special person to be at ease around some of “these” people. Kirk Cameron comes to mind…
    Oh that the Church would be the intended place of refuge, and not the place of judgement that it was not ever intended to be.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Writinggomer, thanks so much for your comment and insight. I like what you say about the church being a place of judgement. Oh, that we would be a place outsiders would see as a place of refuge rather than a place of intolerance and judgment as you say. That’s one reason I consider the church more like a harlot than a bride today. I appreciate your comments. We are on the same page.

  2. Steven Sawyer says:

    Earplugs for the church goers who don’t like the loud music? Oh my goodness. Do you think selling popcorn, candy and cokes in the lobby will be next? How sad some churches have become And, I agree, some churches are trying to be more like a variety show than a place to hear the Gospel and go into all the world.

  3. Maybe if all blood-bought, adopted children of the living God just started DOING what we are supposed to do, we wouldn’t NEED a name tag. People would SEE Christ in us. He would shine forth and draw people to Himself.

    We serve an amazing God who is waiting for us to show forth His praise.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Amen and Amen. I see that you have some of the same concerns about the “church folks” as I do. We’re getting lazy and apathetic and, like Jesus said in Revelation, “You’ve (we have) lost your (our) first love. Jesus wants His church back! Where in the world is the church going?

      • One could be forgiven for thinking that SOME Churches are going into the entertainment business. The ushers at one Church here have earplugs for those who don’t ‘appreciate’ the loud music.

  4. 4hispraise says:

    Where does one sign up. I’m 4 it. Good thoughts. milt

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