That Word You Keep Using…

In one of the great creations of the cinema, Inigo Montaya says to Vizzini on the top of the cliffs of insanity,

“That word you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means.” (from The Princess Bride)

This is a quote for our time. Jeff Bethke created a poem and put it on YouTube. Eric Metaxas spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast recently. Both of these men used the word “religion.” Both used it when what they meant was hypocrisy.

I don’t know, maybe not that many people use Macs with the dictionary that comes standard. Here’s what mine says:


Take Bethke or Metaxas (both can be found online easy enough) and insert hypocrisy for every time they use religion and suddenly their comments make sense. This applies to most modern commentators who are propagating this religion/faith dichotomy. What they seem to be against is hypocrisy–saying one thing and doing another. They are in good company, Jesus thinks that is a bad idea, too. If they are actually against religion, then they are outside the pale of what Christ taught.

When you fast…

When you give…

When you pray…

When you are making your offering…

“Religious” activities assumed by Jesus of his followers in the space of 2 chapters in Matthew. To be devoted to Jesus is to be religious.


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