Common Grounds Online is running a hilarious blog-entry titled, â€œYou might be an evangelical if . . .â€ All of the following is an excerpt. Iâ€™m laughing out loud!
If you say the word â€œjustâ€ more frequently than the word â€œJesusâ€ when you prayâ€¦you might be an evangelical. . .
There is . . . a hilariously sober account of evangelical prayer practices that involve both the frequent use of the modifier â€œjustâ€ (as in â€œLord, we just want to ask youâ€) and what Bramadat calls the typical evangelical mouth-click. He tries to interpret the latter remarkable mannerism:
Its location in the rhetoric is similar to and often follows the word â€œjustâ€: â€œGod, we just [pause.. click] want to thank you for your son and to ask you…â€ By implying that the speaker is unable to finish a prayer because he or she is overwhelmed by the opportunity to communicate with God, this sound softens the believer’s petition [which otherwise might sound arrogant].