How long will high definition be called high definition? I can imagine Eliza reaching her teens and asking why the only television she has ever seen is called “high definition.” Will there be “super high definition” by then?
I remember growing up in pre-cable days when we would adjust the fine tuning dial or mess with the rabbit ears on top of the television just to get a better “standard definition” image. Was there a standard definitive image quality?
Did anyone call it standard definition before there was high definition?
When will the current standard (high) be called standard? Am I just playing with words?
You may think so, but words matter; especially words we use to refer to things. Words we use to refer to ourselves and others matter even more.
Of the nine letters Pauline letters to churches in the New Testament, three open with Paul addressing the recipients as “saints.” in two others, he uses the phrase “called to be saints.”
In none of the letters does Paul address the body as “sinners.” Words matter.
There are plenty of other, non-biblical examples of the same principle at work. Have you noticed the difference in someone’s demeanor when you can call them by name?
What does the way you refer to things and people around you say about your expectations and understanding of them?