I have not been able to put my finger on what has been bugging about titles and labels. Like how people identify themselves. I remember reading interviews on http://www.tomorrowsreflection.com/ a blog by Jeremy Jernigan. One of the questions to each interviewee was something about thinking we need a new term besides Christian to call ourselves. I thought then, and am convinced now, it really doesn’t matter what someone calls themselves, it is in the actions.
They will know we are Christians by our was a song we loved to sing awhile back. Being one in the Spirit, one in His Love. But we didn’t know how to show that love. I have told people I have been a Christian since high school, a believer for a few years and only recently became a follower of Christ, a little Jesus, so to speak. But those are just terms.
Michael Frost posted on his blog, http://mikefrost.net/ that he wants to do away with the term Patriarchy. He made the word sound bad. He wants to do away with the “male dominated” world we live in. To be sure, there are negative aspects of this world. But I thought that is how the families were set up in the Old Testament and the husband being the head of the family is foremost in positive family life in the New Testament. So that is just a term.
I have been working with the senior pastor at our small fellowship of believers, another just a term, to move our small group, life group, growth group, Wednesday-night Sunday school class program into becoming a church of connection groups and striving to be more missional. But the Missional folks, Mr. Frost and the rest, present their way of doing church as the only way and give a very negative impression on those who do not agree with them. They new “real” way of doing things is so far superior to the old, tired way of the past. So how do I apply what I feel will work from column C and mix it with column B to make a column G? By not worrying about the terms. Because, they are just terms.
This is just a saying, a term so to speak, but if we apply Loving God, Honoring Him by Serving Others, it doesn’t really matter if you are a Christian, a follower of Christ, missional or even evangelical.