Voices: using the label “Christian”

If a journalist in the Middle East says “Christian” in reference to an area, we might assume she means the non-Muslim, non-Jewish part of the city.

If a liberal politician says “Christian,” he might mean fundamentalist rightist or maybe that which is to be avoided at all costs in order to get elected.

If a Roman Catholic says “Christian,” he probably means Roman Catholic.

What do you mean when you say “Christian”?

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2 thoughts on “Voices: using the label “Christian”

  1. John Eoff 01/06/2013 / 6:19 pm

    A student of, and thus a believer in(one I can put my trust in) Jesus of Nazarus.

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    • Brian Casey 01/08/2013 / 11:44 am

      Succinctly put, John — thanks.

      I once preached (not sure I would accept a similar invitation these days, but maybe!) on “the sectarianism within us,” and I think you know whereof I spoke. I affirmed an even simpler definition of Christian: “belonging to, or of, Christ.” I related Christ-ian to Boston-ian, i.e., one’s being not necessarily like Boston, but in some sense, of, or possessed by, that city. These days, I will sometimes spell “Christ-ian” with the hyphen, to draw attention to the One Whose I am, the One I (should) attempt to be a disciple of.

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