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Let Me Try to Clarify

English is not an easy language even for those of us that profess to “speak English”.  I pity the internationals that come to our country trying to learn our vocabulary that has sounds that are so often varied in the words in which they appear.  And, there are words that “sound like” the word that one intended to use, but the word that is used makes the sentence comical.  Even with the best of speakers, in the rush to get something written, printed, or verbally stated, the English word(s) chosen may be a far cry from what was intended.

Sadly, more and more of our language is being “dumbed down” to very simple words that can be used in tweets and extremely short responses.  The ability of the average citizen to think through concepts and grasp complex issues is becoming ever rarer.  We are not the first generation to struggle with matching what needs to be conveyed by way of communicating with accuracy on the part of the hearer “getting it”.

Some time ago, there was this notice from the Lewiston, Idaho, Tribune:

           “The crossword puzzle which should have appeared in today’s Tribune appeared instead in yesterdays, together with the answer to the puzzle that should have been printed yesterday. Therefore, the puzzle that should have appeared yesterday is in today’s Tribune, together with the answer to Wednesday’s puzzle. The puzzle for today and the answer to the one that should have been printed yesterday are reprinted.” How can you follow such directions? 

What is my point? It’s a lot easier to follow when you can understand what you’re supposed to do. The first requirement of a good leader is that he is clear in his instructions. It is important that the follower know exactly what the leader wants and sometimes why the leader wants what he or she wants. If you don’t know WHAT your leader is talking about or sometimes WHY he’s doing what he’s doing, he’s hard to follow. 

How many times did Jesus have to EXPLAIN what he was saying or what he was doing? In Matthew 15 Peter said to Jesus – Matthew 15:15-16 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. Time and again Jesus was explaining himself to them so they would understand WHAT he was talking about. It says in Matthew 16:21, “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” 

You can’t get any clearer than that regarding what Jesus was saying. But the disciples didn’t want to let go of the notion that Jesus DIDN’T come to be a bread king – someone who gives me popularity – food – fame and fortune. He came to be the Savior of all who would believe.  As a good leader, Jesus clarified himself time and again.  The problem was that preconceived notions on the part of the “hearers” prevented comprehension.  (Copied).