Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pilgrim or gypsy?

Words matter.
Labels count.

A pilgrim, spiritually, is viewed as a positive thing.
We like to be called a pilgrim.
Someone on a journey.
Someone discovering.
Someone on an adventure.
Like a Hobbit for Jesus.

But, what would happen if we replaced pilgrim with gypsy?
That title is far less glamorous.
Someone without a permanent home.
Someone unsettled.
Someone without roots.

When we're defining our spiritual walk, we're more likely to identify with the term pilgrim, but would it be more accurate to be called a gypsy?

Personally, I blame John Bunyan. Would we think differently if he wrote the Gypsy's Progress?

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