You will find one of the most stunning mysteries of life in John 1:14. Καὶ ὁ Λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο, in the original Greek, the Apostle John reveals to us in the most beautiful language that, “The Word,” the Logos, “became flesh.” He is speaking of Christ, of course, but as the Logos? Yes.
God spoke, and it was created (Genesis 1). What else would He speak but “logos.” After creating man, God could have related to us in any number of ways, but again He chooses the word—the logos. Rational thoughts and ideas, blessings and warnings, come to us through words with specific meanings. Yes, even in the beginning, it was understood.
The fall of man comes through the serpent’s word games. “Did God really say?” it asked Eve (Genesis 3:1). God communicates His covenant through words. He gave us prophets to announce and pray, yes, with words.
Even after Christ, Christians are to herald the good news (the Gospel) by using the miracle of God’s Word (the Bible) to tell the story of redemption. “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” asked the Apostle Paul (Romans 10:14).
Looking at all this, one might begin to think that words (the logos) matter.
Which brings us to the problem of this present age. The corruption of the logos is apparent to anyone paying attention. We don’t have time to go through the many examples, but words like good, evil, justice, love, hatred, marriage, male and female are being stripped of their meaning. Words are being detached from reality. Many are embracing the foolishness of irrational thought as profound or enlightened thought.
A warning for crude language, but I give you this exchange posted on social media as a prime example of the danger at our doorsteps:
The central question of the exchange is, “Why can a person with a penis not be a woman?” In a similar way, we might ask why a 5-foot person cannot be 7 foot tall. But theirs is a serious discussion.
Lest you think this is something only happening in some dark corner of some social media channel and that it is therefore not related to you and your family, consider some examples, all from this past week.
First, the director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky referred to “pregnant people” when promoting expectant mothers get vaccinated.
Also this week, Virginia’s Louden County School Board approved new transgender guidelines, despite overwhelming parental opposition. Under these guidelines, teachers must call students by their preferred pronouns, and father-daughter dances and other gender-specific events are prohibited.
The beginning of the week gave us the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Tokyo which featured the start of males taking spots from women’s sports due to their self-identification as female.
But again, more than the examples dear reader, we must realize how many of these concepts (these words) under attack are not just words but Biblical words. Have you noticed that before, how much of the corrupting language effort today has concentrated around Biblical concepts?
“Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’” said Jesus (Matthew 19:4), quoting Genesis account (5:2). Who established the institution of marriage, also under assault?
God: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
Scripture acknowledges the reality of the “labor pains upon a pregnant woman,” not people (1 Thessalonians 5:3, emphasis mine).
“No,” says our culture. “We define womanhood, not God. We define the marriage union.”
Today’s social justice warriors tell us they define justice. Sure, the Bible talks about the unity of the races, all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). But that’s naïve. White people are racist because of their privilege; they can’t help it. In fact, all images of Jesus should be torn down as a form of “white supremacy.”
The religious nature of the attacks on language is inescapable. Yet so many of us are missing it entirely. I submit to you that we, as Christians, must wake up to the essence of the attacks on language being leveled at our families and communities, and stand up to it with a firm, holy conviction.
We have forgotten the most simple yet profound concept of truth—of meaning. The importance of standing for it. Standing for the word (the logos) is standing for the Gospel. For when we stand for the Logos, we stand for Christ—the Word made flesh.