I’m not a Christian… (?)

Okay, I really am (I got you goin’ there, didn’t I), but I’m avoiding the word “Christian” pretty often these days. It’s a GREAT word, but the culture has changed its meaning (not it’s definition) and I need to engage my culture with the presence of God (Christ) in my life.

In Scripture, the word “Christian” (which appears in the original only two times) was originally applied by “non-believers” to the church to indicate (derisively) that we thought we were “little Jesuses” the way we served the poor and loved each other and stuff like that. Now, in many instances, we self-apply the label based on a creed or list of beliefs, and not necessarily also based on our behavior. Creeds and doctrine are vitally important, but they are not the way we show the world that we are followers of Jesus. We show the world that we follow Jesus based on our great love for one another.

I’m thankful to be in a church that is known for our deeds in the community, and people are attracted by that and end up engaging Jesus in all His fullness because of the way we love them!

(This is an edited version of a response I posted on another blog…)


3 thoughts on “I’m not a Christian… (?)

  1. Doug Jones says:

    oh – you didn’t post that at my blog… seems like the perfect response to something I posted a year ago…


    Have you ever had someone come up and ask you that question, “Are you a Christian?” Or have you used the “I am a Christian” as a response to, “Are you religious?” or “What religion are you?” I know at times I have. But lately I have been thinking about this question, “who am I?” versus “what am I?”

    It all started when I came across that passage in Acts, you know the part about the church in Antioch, where they were first called Christians. The church at Antioch didn’t call themselves Christian – the people of Antioch gave the people of that church the title. As I thought about that – I began to realize maybe that is how it ought to be. Maybe more of us in the church ought to let those outside the Church figure out what we are. Maybe we shouldn’t call or label ourselves in any way – but let our actions, words, deeds, attitudes, priorities, and character speak for itself.

    Rather than answer people’s questions about our affiliations or preferred religious labels – maybe we should just say who we are, rather than what we are. And hopefully allow those outside the church determine if we are worth following or worth knowing by the way we are trying to live.

    We need fewer people shouting about being Christians and more actually trying to become like Christ by the way they live.

    Lord, have mercy, I am just trying to be a follower of the Way.


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