2017-07-12 - Catch Phrases
I was thinking about how people use catchphrases. Wikipedia described the idea of catch phrase this way: a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance; Such phrases often originate in popular culture and in the arts, and typically spread through a variety of mass media (such as literature and publishing, motion pictures, Internet, television and radio), as well as word of mouth. Some become the de facto or literal "trademark" or "signature" of the person or character with whom they originated. These catchphrases, like most anything else, can be used for good or unseemly intentions, however the idea had begun. Here are a few catchphrases from the 80’s that I have heard or have been known to use from time to time, having spent the heart of my Junior High and High School years in that decade. “ airhead, cheezy, dweeb, grody, eat my shorts, gnarly, don’t have a cow, hoser, lame, phat, rad, tubular, wicked, like” and many more (80s-catch-phrases). As I was reading the list, I noticed several that are used now and were probably used in other decades as well. These can be part of the culturally defining type of catchphrases. Some others I’ve heard are ones authors or movies have taken on to write books in movies to instill an instant connection in the minds of their readers or viewers, such as “See you at the top” (Zig Ziglar) or “Go ahead, make my day!” (Clint Eastwood’s character, Harry Callahan, in the movie Sudden Impact). Sometimes it’s a motivational speaker or even an evangelist that picks up a catchphrase, and while they can be helpful and harmless, we should be prudent to interpret the full idea attached to them. Furthermore, we should not be hasty in using any words or phrases without prayerful consideration of our own part in connection to them.
A particular catch phrase I recently heard bothered me from the outset. The thought is that “rules without relationship lead to rebellion” (author Josh McDowell). I immediately thought of Genesis Chapter three, in which Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. God established a relationship with Adam, and had a special place made just with him in mind, containing everything needed for sustenance and contentment. The place was carefully put together and given to the man God made, in order that he tend it. The rebellion of this man still took place, even with this special relationship established, and so it seems inferring rules with relationship should eliminate rebellion, in fact, makes no sense with God’s own example. At least to me, the catch phrase makes no sense knowing that the discipline of banishment was not because of lack of relationship, or absence of intimate connection but rather because of it. On the surface, the original thought seems harmless, I suppose. Personally, I find it important to hang on to the thoughts of God’s word first and other things, in fact, must line up with it in order to be considered valid. We honor God by trusting him, following his lead and in turn leading others along the same path. More than any other source, we should always find God at the top of our list of places for the best catchphrases and correct information to sustain faith.
“And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22-24 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.