1. “Let me Pray about It”
I’ve heard people say this after being asked to do something they really don’t want to do…like being asked to serve in the nursery once in a while, or be a greeter on a Sunday morning or serve the homeless meals on Thanksgiving. Really? Jesus said to serve so what’s there to pray about? Just say you don’t want to do something instead of making it a Spiritual thing. People will respect a simple, “I really don’t have time this week” more than the “let me pray about it” cop out because you don’t want to just say no. Yeah, there are some things worth praying about like whether you should take a new job, or sell your home…I’m not referring to that stuff.
Usually when someone says, “Let me pray about it”, I assume they mean “no”. It’s the Christian cop out.
2. “I’ll pray for you”
I don’t know how many times I’ve had people inbox me and ask me to pray with or for them and I say “I’ll be praying for you” and then forget. We’ve all done it. Prayer is such a powerful thing. If you say you will pray, make time to pray. When a friend has a tragedy happen and posts it on Facebook and you and 100 other people say, “I’m praying for you” do you really pray or just spout the Christian cliche?
Make time. Pray for real.
3 “When God closes a door He always opens a window”
What the heck does that even mean? Ok, the door shuts so the window opens for me to jump out? For me to air out the room?
I would get “When God closes a door eventually He will open another one,” that makes sense…another door opening makes perfect sense…what’s the window for? You can’t walk through a window even if it’s open…it just doesn’t make sense to me.
4. ” I don’t like you but I love you in Christ”
Do you really? The old, “Jesus loves you so I do too’ cliche. Love is an action. I’ve witnessed (and probably done it myself) Christians get mad at someone and say, “I love you as a sister in Christ” meaning- ” I don’t actually like you but Jesus said I have to love everyone”.
5. “I’m under Spiritual attack”
One of the most annoying Christian cliches for me. I’ve known people who have serious money spending issues who say the enemy is attacking them financially. I’ve known people who make bad choices (MYSELF INCLUDED) and instead of taking responsibility for those actions and accepting the consequences we say “the enemy is attacking me” when in reality you are just reaping the consequences of your bad choices. Stop blaming Satan for all your issues and take responsibility for your poor choices. We all suck sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with admitting you made a wrong decision. Accept responsibility and quit blaming “the enemy” because you are reaping what you’ve sown. If you have sex outside of marriage and get an STD it’s not the enemy attacking you. If you treat the people around you like they don’t matter and you have no friends, it’s not the enemy attacking you. If you blow all your money and are broke it’s not the enemy attacking your finances.