What Does Christian Mean?
I don’t like the label “Christian,” even though I am one. The Christian label is a loaded term. It means many things to different people.
To some, Christian implies narrow-minded.
To others, Christian means hateful.
Still others think Christian refers to a political party or secular movement.
And what about mean, militant, murdering, manipulative, and money mongering?
Do you see why I don’t like the Christian label?
And let’s not forget the inquisition, the crusades, slavery, segregation, and fighting abortion (I’m referring to blowing up clinics and killing doctors, in case you’ve forgotten).
But most Christians aren’t like that, you plead.
You’re right. We’re not, but I still don’t like the Christian label.
I prefer “Jesus follower” instead.
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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.