A couple of months ago I posted a video from Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois which was a parody of the Mac vs. PC commercials. The video was one of a series of videos used by CCC in a series in which they compared “Christians” to “Christ-Followers.”
I received some strong criticisms for posting that video even though I took no position as to the message. I just thought it was interesting.
Well now, after reading this week’s edition of the Christian Standard (http://www.christianstandard.com/) I realize that CCC’s series and the video were from Dave Ferguson, Jon Ferguson, and Eric Bramlett’s new book, The BIG IDEA.
The article reads like two different articles: one on The Big Idea and one on “Christians” vs. “Christ-Followers.”
I found the sections on The Big Idea both interesting and informative, but I found the sections in the rest of article “No More Christians!” somewhat troubling.
The first sentences of the article–“If you’ve been calling yourself a Christian, you should stop” & “If you have ever encouraged someone to become a Christian, you should never do that again”–shocked me.
I haven’t read the book, yet, and I’m sure that they are using shocking statements to make a point and stimulate thought, but I hope the book includes a more balanced discussion of this issue.
I initially found the idea (Christian vs. Christ-Follower) intriguing . . .
I, too, am turned off by people who call themselves, “Christian”but who appear to be living lives inconsistent with that name.
I am disgusted by statistics that show show no real difference between Christians and non-Christians on key moral issues.
I long to be a Christ-follower and not just a person
wearing the title “Christian.”
But, I love the name, “Christian.”
I am the name, “Christian.”
It is the name of my Savior.
It is the name used of Christ-followers in the Bible (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28; I Peter 4:16).
Like you, I get their point: If we aren’t going to follow Christ in every way, then we shouldn’t call ourselves “Christian” because all we’re doing is bringing dishonor to Jesus . . . or something to this effect.
And, I agree to a point just this side of shedding the name that identifies me as a follower of Christ.