"In the end, if one doesn’t share the grammar — prayers, etc. — whether one is saying the same thing by way of that grammar or not, the risk of alienation is high."
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I'm extremely uncomfortable praying when there are other Christians listening. There is a certain grammar and rhythm to it that I either can't produce or that integrity won't allow me to produce were I able to. There is appropriate language and there is inappropriate language. There are formulas despite lip-service paid against them. Around atheists though, I think I could be myself, because the words would flow freely. The awkwardness, questions, stunned silences, confusion, and long pauses would be appropriate, as they truly are when speaking with God. I sense that, in the words of Brad Johnson,