I have struggled writing at least one post a week. I hear in the blogging world that’s pretty common, but on the negative side it leads readers away from blogs because there’s no consistency. So to help keep me regular (pun?) I’d like to begin a “What if” segment. I’ll shoot for doing this every Wednesday since it has a particular literary ring to it: What if Wednesdays.
I’ll pose scenarios and then provide possible answer(s) to the scenario. The scenarios will most likely run along the faith, Christianity, Religion lines, but we’ll see where it goes. What I’d really like, though, kis to hear your feedback, your answers to the what ifs I’ll pose. So don’t leave me hanging here…it’s been silent in the comments for far too long, and I blame my own unreliability for that. So at the very least, on Wednesdays, leave a comment with your opinion on the what if.
To begin, I’ll start with a short one just to get us all in the habit.
What if Christians stopped using the word Christian to describe themselves? Is there a more accurate term? A better suited designation to embody what ‘Christian’ means? Anyone has to admit that declaring oneself a “Christian” brings with it limitless stereotypes. I won’t list them out, but if you would like to do so, feel free! Here are a couple of options to consider:
Christ-followers. This one points more to the person of Jesus Christ, his life, his teachings, and the expectations he places on those who will “take up his/her cross and FOLLOW him.”
A second option could be Disciples of Christ. Now, unfortunately, a certain Christian denomination has taken that name for themselves. But I think if enough people started using it, we could override said denomination and share the wealth. The word disciples appears 90 or so times in the New Testament, while Christian shows up only twice–could that mean something? Jesus did say, “Go and make disciples..” NOT, “Go and make Christians…” Semantics? Maybe. But the meanings of words change over time as they play out in contexts and cultures (e.g., a screw isn’t really a screw anymore–thanks for that one Tim McGraw).
How about you? What if Christians stopped using the word Christian to describe themselves?