I’ve been around the church all my life. If anyone has heard their fill of churchy clichés, it’s me. They drive me crazy! They have little true meaning, can be hurtful, ignorant, or abusive, and they make Christians look like fools.
So…here’s a (short) list. Feel free to suggest your own! 🙂
“Heaven must have needed another angel” – when a young person dies. Really??
“Everything happens for a reason” – so…that’s what you have to offer the victim of abuse?
Any “at least” statement – like at the death of a loved one: “Well, at least he didn’t suffer.” You gotta be kidding me…!
“It must be the Lord’s will.” Why don’t you just admit you don’t have any idea…don’t make it out to be God’s fault.
“God is in control” – yeah, you hope.
“I’ll be praying for you” – yeah, right.
“He/she is in a better place” – how do you know that?
“God never gives us more than we can handle” – then He’s got me confused with someone else!
“When God shuts a door He opens a window” – huh??
“God told me…” – yeah, well He told me something different.
“I guess it was his/her time” – oh, that’s real comforting!
“Prayer works” – except when it doesn’t.
“The family that prays together stays together” – except when they don’t.
And my all time favorite cliché –
“God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” – which goes to what I call the church’s expertise at bait-and-switch, because life sucks a whole hell of a lot of the time, Christian or not.
I really could go on and on….
These really need no explanation…the absurdity stands on its own.