I am a Christian, that is who I am. This means I believe in Jesus Christ, He is my savior because I need Him. I sin, have sinned, need His sacrifice for my sins. He is the only way to heaven, and He drew me to Him. On my own, I would not have come to Him.
In the “Who Am I?” section of this blog a few recent comments have tried to point out that they do not want to be associated with the term Christian because of history and the ways people have acted while calling themselves Christian. To me, it’s a denial of the body. Anyone can say “I’m a Christian” but not anyone IS a Christian. To disassociate myself with those in history who died as Christians is to deny who I am. I am one of those. I would die for Christ as a follower, as one who is also known as Christian. I know people believe lies about the body of Christ. I know people have done things in the name of Christ and have not behaved as they should. I believe denying my Christian brothers and sisters throughout history, and those now around the world truly being persecuted is cowardly. Making others more comfortable with a new name won’t work. If you are truly regenerated and have a new label, they’ll lie about you too. If you walk around following Jesus with this new label, you’ll eventually have people join you who will taint the name. It’s what happens, no way can any group be true believers and not offend the world around them. So, renaming yourself will backfire. People are not persecuting Christians because of the name Christian. They are persecuting Christians because they don’t like Christ. People are not refusing to join the body of Christ because of the misdeeds of past or current people labeling themselves Christian, they are refusing to join the body of Christ because they refuse to be saved, to give up their sin, to truly follow. We are all sinners, and only through the grace and mercy of Christ are any of us saved. A new name won’t change this fact.