Thursday, September 17, 2009

I still want Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior, and to follow Him with every fiber of my being. I just don't want to be known as a Christian. I feel dirty and tainted right now because of how I've seen Christians act lately. They aren't acting like Christians are suppose to act, but they won't put away their title as Christian so it is time to come up with a new name for someone that asks Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and follows Him with every fiber of their being. People that want to scream and yell and seek justice because a bunch of so called Christians physically threatened people they love and verbally assaulted them, but instead read Matthew 5:9 and try to be the peacemaker. People that try to reach out to the same people Jesus would reach out to. People that want to be all that Christ called them to be.

So now I just need a name. Here is my list of options.

Follower of the Way

I hear that this was the original name Christians went by. I'm not sure if this is true or not but it is also the name of a group that may or may not be a cult. Of course if a whole bunch of people start living the life Jesus called us to then all the "Christians" are bound to call us a cult too so it might be a viable name.

People formerly known as Christians

That's not the real name, I'm thinking we pull a Prince and get a nice symbol instead of a name, but it needs to be completely unpronounceable yet simple enough that we can throw it down with our fingers like gang signs. This works really well because people on the outside will have a hard time complaining when they can't use a name. At first I was thinking the Chi Rho, which is an awesome ancient symbol of Christianity that looks like an X and P overlapping. It is the first two letter of Christ in Greek. The problem is that Chi Rho is pronounceable so the Christians that aren't Christians will be able to complain about those rotten Chi Rhoers, but they probably have bad accents and so it will sound like they are saying something about stinking Churros, which won't make any sense. Also, I do like Churros so I'd hate for people to go around besmirching them when they are complaining about me.

Not Bitter and Hateful People that Claim to be Christians

Wow that is a mouthful, but it does cover the bases, still I wonder if the name might be a bit ironic in that it is founded on not being hateful and yet it is hateful, so … maybe not.

Christ's Ambassador

All joking aside I really think this is a great name. Back in the day the youth of the Assembly of God were called Christ's Ambassadors. The youth pastor was a CAP and the district youth director (DYD) was the DCAP. That was all before my time, but the idea is cool. Anyone think it will catch on? They ditched it in the AoG because it was uncool.

So these are 4 of my ideas? Who is with me? Anyone else sick of being lumped in with people that give Christians a bad name? What ideas do you have?

Jesus Freak

Wow, great big thanks to Marni for this one. It is so good I had to go and put it in the original post as if I thought it up all by myself. I can't believe I forgot this one. Of course the major drawback is that everyone would either have to be part of a great band that could pull off the Christian rap to rock transition or stand on a box in the middle of the city with a tat on the their belly that wiggles around like marmalade jelly. I'm willing to make the sacrifice for complete frigintasticalness though.

14 comments:

Helen said...

Sorry Nick. First of all, I am sorry that you were hurt by some of my brothers and sisters. Sometimes they hurt us worse than anyone, because we expect better from them.
I am also sorry that I can't endorse any of your other names. You know what will happen. The "others" will only start using the name themselves once it catches on, and you'll have to start all over again.
I hope your relationship with these people will be healed by Jesus. God be with you.

Nick the Geek said...

Helen,

That my plan though. Everyone on the Christian bus jumps over the the new cool name after they have realized that it is so cool and all their complaining won't stop it, then I can go back to being a Christian. Tada.

Marni said...

Whatever name you decide on, sign me up too because I'm right there with ya. That's why on my Facebook "religious preference" I list it as Jesus Freak. I tend to say that on all standardized forms I fill out that ask my religion.

Also? I don't tell people I'm a Baptist (except you guys since you aren't Judgy McJudgements) because of the same negative connotations. Sad...

Angela said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. Whatever name you decide on, just continue to love Christ and live Christ, and what you call yourself won't matter a bit. Maybe we should change the name of the so-called Christians who are giving us a bad name in the first place. Wouldn't that be easier? Great post...thanks for writing it!

Sarah Salter said...

I've been through some seriously majorly horrendous hurts at the hands of people who call themselves Christians. I've come to realize a couple of things...

First, not all people who call themselves Christians actually ARE Christians. Some of them don't have any idea of what Christianity really is; they just have some warped concept of morality, liturgy, or tradition. If they really aren't Christians, you can't expect them to act like Christ.

Second, Christ created the church. And as sick as it is, we can't really abandon it. It's His Body. So, instead of abandoning it, it's our charge to nurse it back to health. And if you look really carefully at the people around you, you'll notice that there's a lot of people willing and able to help you do that.

Be encouraged Nick! We're in this together! And when we get to Heaven, there won't be any posers.

Nick the Geek said...

Marni,
I already responded 2u in the blog post proper so ... thanks?

Angela,
I tried calling them losers but that just seems to make it worse. They are pretty committed to the idea that they are Christians and refuse to give up the name.

Sarah,
Honestly my anger and wish to change what I am called has nothing to do with abandoning the church or not working to fix it, but rather to find a way to explain the difference between me and these unChristians to people that don't understand why "Christians" can be so mean.

I know Christ has no abandoned His bride but I also know what Jesus had to say about the time just before His return and about final judgment ... I don't want to be in that place so I work at achieving His call.

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Janet Oberholtzer said...

Agree!
I've been dreaming of a new name for myself for a long time. I don't like all the 'boxes/labels' that come with being called a Christian.

The symbol idea is kinda cool - like Prince :)

katdish said...

I'm sorry, Nick. It's bad enough to be part of the Body and be treated badly.

It's not until you get into leadership that you really grasp how really horrible and un-Jesus-like people can be.

It sucks, and I'm so sorry. Praying.

Sue Brage said...

Maybe the bigger problem is needing to title ourselves according to denominational or religious ideas. It's not being a Christian that's the problem, it's being religious about it--and inflicting our legalistic ideas on others.
Maybe we should stop being "religious" altogether. If someone wants to know who we are, can't we just say we aren't religious? We do know and follow Christ, but that doesn't need to make us religious.

Erica Hami said...

...they were first called Christians at Antiioch... notice that lost people named Christians based on the Christ like behavior they saw lived out... a far cry from where we are today wouldn't you say :-) I don't think it matters what we call ourselves, we just need to focus on living for HIM and pointing the glory His way... I agree with your post though, I am sick of all the people out there that masquerade as Christians...

Billy Coffey said...

I'm really liking Follower of the Way. Weren't Christians known as something along those lines before they were known as Christians?

thesnoopy7 said...

i think we should use Jesus Freak, it fits us so well. i mean God doesn't use the straight lace "Christians" he uses those who he knows he can call on at 2 in the morning to go down to the 7-11 and talk to the guy on the corner and they will be there. i am sick of telling someone i am a Christian and them saying "so your going to push your religion down my throat?" all i want to do is know Jesus is my savior and tell everyone else what he has done for me and them. and that he loves them and that he died for their sins. so i think we should rename "Christians" to JESUS FREAKS.

Nick the Geek said...

thesnoopy7,

Right now I'm preaching "the Freak Show" in my Youth group. We are owning what they put on us and I'm trying to show them what we are really called to.

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