Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter responded by saying that He was Christ, the Son of the living God. If you asked people the same question about yourself (in a spiritual sense), what would they say about you? Flip the question around and consider how you would respond if someone asked you (again, spiritually speaking) who–or what–you were.
Many people, if they are a Christian, would instinctively respond by saying that they were a Baptist, a Church of Christ member, a Pentecostal, etc. Now there is a benefit at times, and certainly a rational, for describing oneself in this way. But Who are you really following? Who are you really identifying with? Who are you really representing?
I’ve been fortunate to be around people from many different denominations and non-denominations within evangelical Christianity, but one of the things that breaks my heart is how quickly one group can isolate themselves from other parts of the Body of Christ. We desperately need each other friends and I am convinced that no matter where we sit on a particular day or night, if we are putting up walls between us and another group of Christians that have a different sign hanging in front of their building…we’re missing it.
Christ followers are Christians. There are lots of statistics that all point to there being thousands of denominations and non-denominations of Christians in the world today (the article here claims over 30,000). But for some reason, I can’t find any of them in the bible. There was one Church which consisted of people meeting in many different places–and if you asked any one of them who they were I believe they would have said, “I am a Christian.”
Perhaps I’m making too much of this, but I do believe who we say we are matters. Most of us meet at a place that has a particular sign, history and tradition; however, we must never forget that ultimately we are Christians. It is He who we follow and rally around. It is His Word that we hold as our creed and our guidebook. And it is His Church and the Body of Christ of which we are a part. He is Christ. I am a Christian.