According to someone (the ambiguous they in our country’s leadership), each of us must use words that are politically correct when speaking to others. The same thinking has been adopted by the church, but the church calls it inclusive language.
So, in keeping with the prevailing attitude of our time, I would like to share with you the most inclusive word in the English language and all languages: sinner, which applies to every one of us. Paul wrote in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And again in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through One man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.”
I find it interesting that in our quest for inclusive language the word “sinner” is disappearing from our churches.
When the church draws attention to our sinful human condition it proclaims the message of equality and salvation for all. Sinners are all equal in God’s sight, and they are gathered together by the Holy Spirit on the ground of redemption at Jesus’s cross to receive Christ’s grace and salvation.
The church must preach the doctrine of sin and the doctrine of redemption through Jesus Christ so all people can be healed of sin and reconciled to God.
God has given His church the message of equality and inclusion: “Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people” (Hebrews 9:28).
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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