What’s in a name: Christian…

If I told you I was a plumber, you’d know to call me to unstop your toilet.  If I told you I was a fireman, you’d call me to put out a fire.  Now if I told you I was a Christian, when would you call me?  I’ve been struggling with what to call myself so as to best communicate to others what my identity is. 
The Wakopedia says,”A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity“.  That doesn’t work.  You can’t define something with the word built in the definition. It further says, “Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament.”  That is fine, but it really doesn’t communicate my beliefs.
Much of my life, I thought being Christian was being Baptist.  Then, I heard about Christian Catholics and Christian Methodists.  There may even be Christian atheists.  I don’t know.  It has gotten so confusing that the word Christian probably needs to be better defined.  I am thinking about the “Emerging Church’s” definition of a Christian.  They may have solved the conundrum or riddle. 
For the emerging church folks, a Christian is someone who is headed toward Christ and a nonChristian is headed away from Christ.  They would vigorously debate the question of how heading to or heading away from relates to personal salvation. For me, I’m thinking that maybe their definition works if being Christian does not indicate one’s eternal salvation.
So, a Harry Kristna type could be selling flowers in the airport and headed toward Christ.  I could refer to him as Christian, because he is headed toward Christ.  But I don’t expect to buy his flowers in heaven, because although he may be headed in the right direction, it is unlike he will make the trip in his current state of dress and mind. 
Does that work? Be bold.  I’m hoping you haven’t let the thought nazi’s break your fingers or cut out your tongue.  What do you think about this new definition of Christian?  Are you ok with it?

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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

2 thoughts on “What’s in a name: Christian…”

  1. Hi Archie

    When people decide to change definitions to accommodate culture or the process of mental evolution the original meaning is forgotten.

    There is nothing wrong with that, as that is adapting, most often for a need.

    I see the written word the same way. It evolves over time, changing with the requirements of the human species.

    For those who resist change or evolution, they will be left behind.

    Which is why there is extremism in the world and why they will kill to attempt to prove a point. These actions contradict what Jesus taught.

    He blew the religious establishment away when he spoke of the Sabbath day being for man.

    Jesus was far ahead of his time in many aspects. A free thinker and one who came to his own conclusions.

    There is always resistance to change. We see the effects of this resistance throughout the world today. The countries in the Middle East are rigid in their uncompromising position of “faith”. Look what happens, the “Religious Police” are an entity for modern mankind to fear, as were the “Christians” who orchestrated the Spanish Inquisition.

    There was no Jesus in those things.

  2. It’s true. Change is inevitable. But there are some things that never change. One of those is human nature. Another is the Word of God.

    Imagine. The Word of God has been around for a few thousand years. Imagine. You have to imagine because it is seemingly unbelievable. Imagine. A book that is the all time best seller (it really is even in the secular world) that has maintained it’s best selling status for thousands of years. WOW!

    So to not believe, there has been some type of heavenly protection and promotion of such a book is even more unbelievable. It’s principles are timeless…

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