Saturday, March 07, 2009

I Am a Christian

I've blogged about this before, but it's time to re-visit the topic.

Last Wednesday night I went on a mini-rant (surprising, I know) about people using the term "Christ-follower" rather than "Christian" (we were in 1 Peter, where it says, "If any man suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in that name"), including the PC/Mac, Christian/Christ-follower parody videos. I know why they do it. I don't have a problem with "Christ-follower", but the air of superiority over those who are still old-school (and biblical) enough to prefer "Christian" is simply unnecessary and dumb.

Similarly, I have noticed people now referring to Jesus as "forgiver and leader." Nothing wrong with that except when it is an intentional attempt to avoid the terms "Savior and Lord." Really? That's going to make the difference? I don't buy it.


David H. Willis said...

I'm with you. Maybe we should just go A. Campbell and start using "disciple."

Deano said...

Maybe those Campbell boys were on to something!

Conley said...

Unless I am mistaken (which, let's be honest, is pretty likely, haha) we were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26). It has always been my understanding that it was a title given to us by outsiders, sometimes with the intent of mocking us.

I think if we desire to stick to a biblical name, we should go with "saint." Paul is always calling us saints.

William Mckinley Dyer said...

Call me Saint, Disciple, Christian just dont call me Bill i prefer Billy or William lol. Im with you Mike and Conley, lets be called what the Bible calls us. Bible Things by Bible Names.
But i tell you something serious, its bordering Blasphemy to shy away from calling Jesus LORD and make up another title. HE IS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS