Semi-Fluent

Thanks to my middle school Spanish teacher and seven trips to Guatemala, I know a little Spanish. Very little. Muy pequeño. I really only know just enough Spanish to start a conversation with someone, but not enough to go very deep. It’s SO FRUSTRATING!!! I’m a talker, I majored in communication and talking is what I do for a living. So, for me, staying in the shallow end of the conversation pool is quite stifling.

I sometimes feel the same way when I get into conversations with people about my faith. I know enough about what I believe and the Bible to start a conversation with people, but once we go deeper, I sometimes struggle to find the words to articulate why I believe what I believe.

On the other hand, I have met many Christians who are extremely well-educated in theology and doctrine, but seem to lack the compassion and love in necessary to communicate that knowledge in a manner that is well received. They can quote the Bible in English, Hebrew and Greek (!) and have a quick, often brash answer to every objection someone might make the mistake of making.

How does this match up with what Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13?

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

According to scripture, the language of our faith is a language rooted in love. We can have the words and the ability, but it is love that allows the message to penetrate other’s hearts. Without love, we are, at best, only semi-fluent in the language of the Kingdom.

 

Tami Rumfelt

Tami Rumfelt

Tami with an i - Afternoon Host at WBFJ fm - Your family station!
I have three awesome kids – Andrew, Carley and Laura. My husband, Alton, is a delivery driver by day with dreams of one day publishing his own comic book. Yes, he is a geek, but I love him anyway.

I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.

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I have three awesome kids – Andrew, Carley and Laura. My husband, Alton, is a delivery driver by day with dreams of one day publishing his own comic book. Yes, he is a geek, but I love him anyway. I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times. MON-FRI 3P-7P, SAT 3P-6P tami@wbfj.fm