Friday, June 17, 2011
When did we start using this tired word? Webster defines the word to mean extraordinary or terrific. Actually, if we are going to describe our Maker using some sort of adjective, then "awesome" fits. But the word, just like God, goes waaaaay beyond "terrific". Awesome is a good word to describe God. And if we're going to use that word to describe God, then nothing less than God deserves that word.
A few years ago, our tired, old, worn out word was "cool". Or "kewl" if you are younger than 12 years old. Everything was cool. God was cool. Certain people and the space shuttle were cool. The Beatles were cool, and don't you EVER forget that. I even fell in the parade and started using "cool" to describe lots of things. But because I respect words, I didn't use the word "cool" as much as the next guy. I held it in reserve for things like really good wine or my friend Thad's really COOL 1957 Chevy.
And so with the advent (Catholic pun) of the word "awesome", I have decided to reserve that word to describe God alone. Even in my brand of religion, the Vatican issued a directive that the "Y" word for God not be used. Why? The best answer I can come up with is that we have joined with our Jewish brothers and sisters and now hold that word in sacred reverence. In the synagogues, the "Y" word isn't even written, let alone spoken.
So let's join our Jewish friends and only use the word "awesome" for when we are describing God's power, mercy, love, forgiveness, and salvation.
After all, you cannot argue that our God is an awesome God, right?
So what are we going to use now in the place of the "A" word?
I think we should go back to "cool".