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Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Isaiah 60:16b (NIV)
As a writer, I’m learning how to edit. Like letting go of unnecessary words and trimming the fat. And revise, polish, cut, delete, and modify.
Editing takes place in films, books, articles, speeches, radio shows, and news reports. A good tool, editing polishes the final product for our guests, readers, listeners, or viewers.
But when overdone, editing kills the life and energy we first intended. The original meaning lost after all the cuts. Over-editing insists on removing key components from the story for more flavor.
Over-edited, our world follows suit on cultural and spiritual issues.
Look around. It’s happening right before our eyes.
Listen up. It’s within earshot.
Jesus is edited out of nearly every nook and cranny of our world.
Editing out the key component to God’s story, my story, and the story of life occurs everywhere.
Jesus is edited out of schools. Sports events delete Jesus by forbidding prayers in His name. Live television interviews turn awkward when someone mentions the name of Jesus. Re-broadcasts make cuts for political correctness.
Even believers participate in modifying Jesus in our conversations, relationships, and workplace. It’s no longer difficult to let go of words—careful not to offend anyone.
Learning when and how much to hit the delete button about spiritual issues or we are accused of shoving Jesus down people’s throats.
We know which sentences to rephrase for a softer and more acceptable message, even if we compromise truth.
We erase the name of Jesus from our lips and lives.
Maybe we claim He’s present. But in an edited, revised version.
The world system passes Editing 101 with flying colors.
Edit. Revise. Cut. Delete. Modify.
Techniques performed on the gospel and on Jesus, the Son of God.
The world edits Jesus to kill the life and energy God first intended in His writings of the Scriptures.
Editing the King of Glory, our faith in the Lord loses its original meaning.
While I continue as a student in editing class for good and purposeful writing. I refuse to jump on the bandwagon and edit Jesus in my life and words.
Jesus in me is Jesus unedited.
Heavenly Father, You sent Jesus to die a sacrificial death for me. And Christ was raised to life to give me life. I never want to portray my faith or the gospel message in a subdued light. Help me never edit Jesus in my words, my conversations, my actions, or my relationships. Amen.