Do you call you call yourself a Christian?
Every week I read multiple Blogs and Bloggers opinions and I can tell you that there are some very interesting ones out there. This week I ran across an old blog from man named named John Smulo. He wrote a post entitled “Five Reasons I Hate Telling People I’m Christian”. As I read this simple post I was struck with this thought, I usually agree with most of his post this one I did not. So I wanted to spend some time giving my “Six Reasons I Love Telling People I’m Christian”.
|It is conversation stopper, instead of a conversation starter.||When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not shouting “I’ve been saved!” I’m whispering, “I was lost. That’s why I chose this way”|
|It communicates something other than what I mean.||When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak with human pride I’m confessing that I stumble, and need Christ to be my guide.|
|I’ll lose out on potential friendships because of the stereotypes this word conveys.||When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt.|
|‘Christian’ is associated with a lot of things, but almost none of them have anything to do with Jesus Christ.||When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t think I know it all I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught.|
|It provokes hurt, anger, and angst for people who’ve had painful experiences with Christians.||When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect My flaws are far too visible.|
|When I say, “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name.|
Despite the all of the preconceived notions that coincide with the word “Christian” I truly believe that it is my job to represent the one who saved us. The first known usage of the term can be found in the New Testament, in Acts 11:26: “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” The term was thus first used to denote those known or perceived to be disciples of Jesus Christ. In the two other New Testament uses of the word (Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16) it refers to the public identity of those who follow Jesus. I think that the word should be redefined and fought for by those of us who follow Christ. Because of my skin color many people have presuppositions on who I am and what I do/ sound like. It may not be fair but I refuse to accept those false assumptions as true, neither should we do that with Christ name. This is just my opinion I could be wrong!
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? With whom? Please comment below…..