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Topic: Accent (02/21/13)
TITLE: Accentuate our Speaking For Christ
By Victoria Catron
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"'Ello Poppet," my sister greeted in return.
In a world where not only other countries speak foreign languages but each country may be riddled with dialects, twangs, and cultural speaking variations it can be a very useful and fun experience to teach children and perhaps a willing adult about accents. Acts 1:8 (KJV) says, "But we shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Therefore Christians should be more interested and involved in the lives of others however they may speak based upon who they know, where they have lived, etc. We are home to the best Gift in the universe who deserves to be shared with as few hindrances as possible.
Most peope in the United States have heard different accents all of their lives. I've even heard some women say that it was the man's accent that first attracted her to him. My family has the British accent fairly well learned. We are part Irish and Scottish so those accents or brogue give us a special delight when heard. We are mostly German and though we speak very few words in the actual language recognizing those speech patterns isn't too hard. This is part of our heritage and it slips into our everyday lives. Yet these traits could easily be incorporated into a Sunday School lesson about missions/missionaries whether as an introduction or a game.
My church is made up of native Coloradans, transplanted Southerners and one Northerner as far as I know. Every so often these differences bring about a hilarious debate. How many syllables can be added to the two shortened words that make up ya'll? We should be careful not to offend or judge a person because of their speech patterns but rather be willing to find humor in our own preconceived accents. Such differences should be an opportunity for fellowship and not division.
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