There are so many new acronyms surfacing day by day, I can’t keep up. Trying to negotiate the internet is especially challenging. I have been informed that “BYOB, OMG, LOL and FYI are just soooo…yesterday”. New abbreviations pop up on social media every second, so it’s normal to feel lost and confused about the origin and correct usage of letters like “JIC” (just in case).
A new one came to my attention recently while visiting a sick friend. ‘HAI’ came up in the conversation about the person’s illness. My blank stare must have signaled my confusion. I was informed that HAI refers to a Hospital Acquired Infection. It’s a scary phenomenon. My wife was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack and suffered a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) which was an HAI. Unfortunately, it seems hospitals are places where it is common for one to acquire an infection.
I have decided to create my own acronym. It’s germane to my calling as a minister of the gospel. The acronym is CAD, or Church Acquired Disease. Just as hospitals can be an unexpected place to acquire an infection, churches may be an unexpected place catch a disease. ‘CAD’ can taint or tarnish a believer’s understanding of a true follower of Jesus Christ. In the context of a church, a person can experience hurtful words or unkind treatment. A cold reception is not an uncommon experience in some churches. As hard as it is to believe, a person may encounter bitterness, critical spirits, and self-serving attitudes among members of a congregation. The Epistle of James says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3.10, NKJV).
There has never been a time when the Church, the ‘Bride of Christ’, needs to be “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27, NIV). As members of His Church, we must have clean hands and a pure heart if we are going to be a ‘spiritual hospital’ for needy people. We need to take every precaution not to contribute to CAD*.
Prayer: Lord, may we “be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Tim. 4:12 KJV).
*PS: Dictionary definition of word ‘cad’: an unprincipled person; one who behaves dishonorably.
~ Brother Roy