Some Dude: I love church ‘X’ because they just preach the Word.
Me: What does that mean?
Some Dude: You know, they just preach from the Bible.
Me: Sounds like every church I know of.
Some Dude: No, most churches don’t preach straight from the Bible. Most pastors tell stupid stories and jokes and stuff.
Me: I’m pretty sure if we asked every pastor in town if they ‘preached the Word’ they would say that they do.
Some Dude: Well….uh
I had this conversation no less than three times last week. I have come to the conclusion that ‘preach the word‘ is Christian code language for:
This church has the same socio-political views as I do.