What's In a Name?

I recently had a discussion with a couple of people (lets call this group of people 'Bob') about the word 'Christian' (What is a Christian?) and whether we should be really calling ourselves that. Bob's reason for not wanting to be called a Christian was because of the stigma that is attached to the name and the abundance of false doctrines in this Christian world. I wondered about this and thought would I stop calling myself Sherida because there are millions of Sheridas out there that don't live their lives right? Not necessarily because I know who I am despite their doings  - Okay very bad analogy. But my point is that for this reason we should strive even harder to draw closer to God, to be loving and kind. Remember God said we are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14) so we must work hard at being blameless and pure (Philippians 2:15). At the same time I know you can't reduce God to just a name, that is not the point I am trying to make. But should I stop calling myself a Christian because some have fallen away in the faith? Absolutely not! I won't allow someone's distorted view of what it means to serve God hinder my identity, because that is what it essentially is. Jesus is my identity. I believe I am as much Christian as I am my ethnicity and as I am my nationality. And with that I'll leave with this poem by Carol Wimmer which pretty much sums up this post.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I am saved"
I'm whispering "I get lost!"
"That is why I chose this way."

When I say..."I am a Christian"
don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need someone to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
my flaws are too visible
but God believes I'm worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
which is why I seek His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I'm loved.



"but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God." 
1 Peter 4:16