5 Things Christians Should Stop Saying – And What We Should Say Instead.

We recently stumbled across YouTube favorite Jefferson Bethke chastise Christians for offering cliches instead of comfort, but I realize Jeff's sometimes brash, fast-talking approach isn't for everybody. Besides, it's not particularly helpful if there's not much reason or a better thing to say. So inspired by our friends at Relevant Magazine, we decided to crack the Christianese.

Read on for five things Christians really should stop saying – and some alternatives to say instead.

“I’ll Pray About It”

Now, don't get me wrong, prayer is vitally important. The power and ability to directly appeal to the creator of the universe, who so loved the world that he gave his only son, that's a big deal. Thanksgiving, petition, honor, thinking on these things and letting our hearts be transformed can and does bring real peace. But here's the problem:

That's what a lot of people hear and think when we offer prayers, and it's not good. By the same token, even said to fellow Christians, it can be a sign of merely passing concern: I can go home and say a quick prayer (if I even bother to remember) rather than offer food to the hungry, money to the needy, and comfort to the broken. Instead of brushing away hurts by habit, we should do instead.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.