Dear Evangelicals, Christ-followers, and non-denominationals,
I love you and I care about you. Honestly, your zeal for missions and sharing the faith makes me envy your non-profits and ability to spread the word of Christ.
But we need to talk. Your aversion to labels is seriously making it hard to communicate. Some of you call yourselves Christian, but that’s pretty broad and there’s plenty of people who “call themselves Christian” but don’t really live it out, so many try to distinguish themselves from that. Some of you call yourselves Evangelicals, but most in the pews don’t know what that means. Some are “non-denominational,” which indicates a unique, Acts-style version of Christianity, even though I can predict your architecture, sermon length, type of grape juice served at communion, and relevant music (kind of like a denomination). Even more ubiquitous is the claim of “Christ-follower,” though though few Mormons, Muslims, or any Christian would say he/she is not a Christ-follower.
Titles are important, and Catholics are not immune from shifting names (some call themselves “evangelical Catholics” or “devout Catholics” rather than simply “Catholics.”) Still, I can’t help but think the constant schisms of Protestantism has caused the constant desire for something new and fresh (who’s signing up to be a Primitive Baptist?), leading to the anarchy of post-denominationalism and coming books like Jefferson Bethke’s Jesus < Religion.
Can we just agree on calling you something? I know you don’t like labels, but it’s making blogging difficult.