“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” (Revelation 2:4–5, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I learned a few trendy words since the groovy and far-out days of my youth and after I wrapped up my “formal” education. Terms like:
Ghosting – The practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication.
Cancel Culture – A social environment in which publicly boycotting or withdrawing support for people, organizations, etc. that are regarded as promoting socially unacceptable beliefs is widespread practice.
Woke – Alert to injustice and discrimination in society, especially racism.
Lit – Something is cool, especially when it pertains to parties. It’s also a synonym for drunk, high, wasted—anything to describe having a great time.
Bae – Before anyone else.
And the latest one, at least for me, quiet quitting – not going above and beyond what’s absolutely necessary in a work scenario. It might involve only working the hours you’re supposed to work, or strictly sticking to the responsibilities set out in your job description. Some might say that this is nothing new, it’s just more pronounced post-pandemic.
But I think this particular “variant” has infected many in the Church. Solid Christians with sound doctrine and clear testimony. But going above and beyond. No longer growing in increasing measure. Forsaking the consistent and faithful gathering together. Spending less and less time in the Word and in prayer unless some crisis arises. Quiet quitting.
My Advice – Don’t ghost God or cancel the Church. Quiet quitting is not for the committed. Keep the Lord BAE.