Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on March 14, 2016 at 12:45 AM|
Have you ever heard the expression “So and so is 'a loser?'” I have many times. When judging another person, they'll comment, “He's a loser” or “That guy is just a loser.”
Why am I writing an article like this? I'll tell you why. I've heard this expression, used on more than one occasion; I've heard it from Christian ministers, laity, and those who ought to know better who are using this term towards their own brothers and sisters in Christ.
First of all, the term “lose” is a Bible term (see Mark 9:41; Luke 9:24; II John 1:8), but the term “loser” is not. In fact, the term “loser” is a worldly term. (See the definition below...)
Slang definitions & phrases for loser
noun: (also born loser) A person or thing that fails, esp. habitually; bust, dud, lemon, nonstarter (1950s+ Students)
The person casting such aspersions toward their Christian counterparts must really think that they are something, the cream of the crop, the elite. Borrowing here... “I think the term [loser] first appeared around the 1920's as a general social description and is predominantly used by the upper middle class to describe anyone who does not fit their warped criteria of success. They do this because they are not upper class, or blue blood and they think by taking power in the lower aspects of society they can blend in with the elite.”
Is that you...? Does the above description describe you? If it does, you must really think that you are something. Borrowing now from the Apostle Paul... “Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:4)
Say what you want, friend; label him, if you must, but the man or woman that you are calling “a loser” is held up with the same power that you're counting on to hold you up. In fact, that brother or sister that you so quickly refer to as a “loser” is actually a winner! (Oh, they lost some things, for sure... their sins, Hell, possibly the grave—in lieu of the Rapture, a life of guilt, etc.... In that sense they are losers.) They win, however, Eternal Life, Heaven, Hope, Peace, Freedom, Joy, Assurance, Love, Truth, Direction and much, much, more.
In conclusion, a Born again Christian is a winner NOT a loser. He might lose rewards along the way for his actions/works (or lack thereof), but as far as elitism goes, this son of God (John 1:12) is a spiritual winner who has the victory in Christ Jesus his resurrected Lord. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (I John 5:4)