I don’t think I want to be a Christian anymore…

But let me explain…

I’ve been really struggling with what it means to be a “Christian” and what that looks like in this world. A few things have been deeply resonating within me that have brought me to this conclusion…

Did you know, the term “Christian” is only used 3 times in the bible? And the term “Christian” is used in a derogatory fashion towards other believers. Beyond that, Jesus never called his followers “Christians” and nobody else in the bible called themselves (or referred to other followers of Jesus) as “Christians” with the exception of Peter, but his reference was to those who suffered under the persecution. Jesus and the other believers simply called each other disciples or brothers & sisters. But that isn’t really the big issue…

I have realized that the term “Christian” has become increasingly diluted and that anyone who wants to say they are a Christian have unlimited latitude in doing so. If any person says they believe in god (any way choose to see god), they call themselves a “Christian.” If someone attends church on Easter and Christmas, they are “Christians.” If a person grew up in a Christian home, somehow that makes them a “Christian.” But that wasn’t how Jesus defined it. But there’s more…

I’m heartbroken by the multitudes of “Christians” and churches that don’t represent Jesus or “Christianity” the way it should be. Jesus never once told his followers to judge the world. And yet that’s what the church, in general, is doing every day. I see “Christians” telling gays that they are going to hell, or “Christians” casting judgement on an unmarried couple sleeping together. The list is really endless, but the point is that “Christians” have set up a moral code for the world that was never meant to exist in the first place. The Apostle Paul said very clearly in 1 Corinthians, chapter 6, that believers are to judge believers, not those that are outside of the faith. In 1 John, we are told to LOVE those outside of the church and let God be the one to speak to their hearts, particularly about moral issues. And that’s where “Christians” have failed the most.

I think I’d rather just call myself a follower of Jesus instead of a “Christian.” I just love Jesus, but also I love others because of the love that Jesus has shown me. It’s not my job to cast judgment on those around me, it’s my job to love them… to show them Jesus… the Jesus that set me free from a life of pain and sorrow.

6 thoughts on “I don’t think I want to be a Christian anymore…

  1. Yes, “Christian” meant “little Christ” and as you said it was meant as a slam on those people. I agree that the word is now thrown around with little to no meaning. I personally would love it if it’s original meaning still applied. It is kind of like being called a Jesus Freak. I had a conversation the other day with a friend who said he did not want to be labeled as something and I instantly thought, what an honor to be labeled as a Jesus Freak.

  2. Reblogged this on Holy. Just. Love. and commented:
    “Christian” meant “little Christ” in the days following Jesus, and as Jon said in his post, it was meant as a slam on the people of that time. I agree that the word is now thrown around with little to no meaning. I personally would love it if it’s original meaning still applied. It is kind of like being called a “Jesus Freak”. I had a conversation the other day with a friend who said he did not want to be labeled as something like how Ellen is a Lesbian Comedian or Obama is a Black President and I instantly thought, what an honor to be labeled as a Jesus Freak. Jen O’Sullivan is that Jesus Freak Photographer. Love it!

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