Or even worse does someone do that to you? You may not know what the word means but you’ve had it happen many a time.
The word “obfuscation” means to confuse, bewilder or stupefy; to make unclear or obscure; to muddle, perplex or cloud.
The opposite of obfuscate is clarify. Which one do we use when we speak of our faith? Do people understand what we mean or do they suffer in translation and pass more obfuscation around the neighbourhood?
Of course none of us mean to be confusing but some Christian terms do confuse people. Words like sanctify, washed in the blood, or even baptism are clear to us now, but were they always?
When we tell others about our faith, we might consider the verse below; first asking God for wisdom and then following up with clear words that don’t confuse our friends.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and good deeds. It is wholehearted and straightforward and sincere. (James 3:17, TLB)
Prayer – Lord, make our Jesus words clear so that others understand them and choose your love and forgiveness through Christ. Amen
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