It’s pretty popular to call yourself a “Christ-follower” instead of a Christian. I think that’s just a weird expression. Would you call yourself a Jesus Stalker if that was popular? Because that’s pretty much what you’re telling everyone “I’m a Jesus stalker…we’re tight…me and Jesus…he just doesn’t know it…yet.” I follow lots of people on Twitter but I wouldn’t call myself an “Al Yankovic follower” To me it just doesn’t have the same connotations that “Christian” has…it doesn’t seem as deep a term…and it’s not.
Why can’t you just call yourself a Christian? Oh, sure the term has been dragged through the mud by all the lukewarm “Christians” in America today and you want to separate yourself from them but, come on…Christ-follower? Do you really think it means anything different to the rest of the world…I imagine the conversation between to worldly guys about the Christ-follower would go something like this:
Guy 1: ”Dude, that guy isn’t a Christian…he’s a Christ-follower…there’s a big difference…broah”
Guy 2: “Dude, I thought we agreed about using the term “broah” it’s so like six seconds ago.”
Guy 1: “Dude, that’s when I said…six seconds ago”
Guy 2: ”Dude…(long pause)…what were we talking about?”
Guy 1: “Dude…I forget…you wanna go get baked…”
Guy 2: “Totally”
I don’t know why I imagine them both sounding like Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High it’s just were my mind goes.
While I think it’s kind of weird and generic to call yourself a “Christ-follower” did you know that the Greek word Christianos—literally means “follower of Christ”—and it, the term Christianos, has an adjectival ending borrowed from Latin to denote adhering to, or belonging to, as in slave ownership. So really maybe calling yourself a Christ-follower is okay…BUT it’s not as precise a term as calling yourself a Christianos…so let’s get on THAT word and make it more popular than “Christ-follower” okay…or we could just go with the Anglicized form “Christian” since it’s more precise than Christ-follower. It’s like the difference between a regular TV and a HDTV. Yeah, you can get the picture with a regular TV, but HDTV is watching everything happen in your living room. It’s an amazing difference really.
The Bible calls us “Christians” and calls us to wear the name with honor. 1 Peter 4:6 says this:
“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.”
In THAT name…the name Christian. It just seems to me that just like any other made-up buzz word in Christianity today, (literally in the magazine…it’s littered with all kinds made-up buzz words/terms)
Let’s be proud of the name Christian, because really the term “Christ-follower” is so six seconds ago.