I was thinking the other day that there are some words or expressions which I would like to eliminate from the English language, or at least from our Christian vocabulary. It’s not that these are naughty words. It’s just that they seem to be bending our ideas, our mindset, in the wrong directions. The word I’d most like to get rid of is “journey.” Now don’t get me wrong: “journey” is fundamentally a good word. It is a biblical metaphor of life. The Old Testament often talks about a person’s “way”–the road that he travels. However, in recent months I have several times heard people talk about their “journey” with a thoroughly post-modern twist. “Oh, yes, I took a bunch of drugs, robbed the bank, killed the security guard and three tellers, but that is just a part of my journey and I’ve grown through it and it has made me a stronger person, so I guess it was really OK in the end.” Yes, I’m exaggerating. But that’s the way it seems to be being used. Our journey consists of all the good and bad events that make us who we are. True. But we cannot turn and say that just because a past failure ultimately made us a stronger or better person that it was excusable or indeed good. Telling the story of our “journey” has become a new way to excuse our sin rather than renounce it. Perhaps we, as Christians, should drop the word “journey” from our vocabularies for the time being. At the very least, we need to be careful that when we “tell the story of our journey,” we don’t use it as a way to minimize sin.