LEA Weekly Devotion
New Word / Old Word series 2013–2014
May 5, 2014
New Word: schmoozeoisie
Old Word: “You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant” (2 Tim. 4:3–5 MSG).
The schmoozeoisie are as prevalent in the “religious” world as they are in politics, public relations, and the like. They liberally decant their thoughts as easily during worship services as they do during cocktail time. They are people who think of themselves as representative of solid and prevalent society while they schmooze others, often ad nauseum if not to death.
The schmoozeoisie are your competitors. Their messages about salvation often sound appealing. And even innocent. And even more, they sound consistent with righteous religious thinking. Their message is exactly what others want to hear.
It’s not that the Gospel doesn’t have built-in appeal. In fact, what could be more appealing than proclaiming salvation by grace alone and totally free? The appeal loses some of its gloss, however, when you also proclaim why salvation is needed and why it must be free. People do not find their sinfulness appealing. Some repent and glory in the Gospel. Others try to help their “reputation” as partial payment for salvation. Still others simply reject their need for salvation. You’ve probably seen each of these kinds in your classes—the saddest cases strongly nurtured by self-righteous or the spiritually rebellious family and preachers.
Your proclamation of the Gospel must be pure and plentiful. If you find yourself full of moralizing, you’re skittering on the periphery of the schmoozeoisie. Yes, you need to teach Christian behavior, but more important is what God has done for those whose behavior doesn’t qualify as good. And there is nothing bourgeois—or schmoozeois!—about that!
Written by Ed Grube
© 2014 Lutheran Education Association, River Forest, IL
Scripture quotations identified as MSG are taken from The Message. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.
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