I actually have a completely different point I originally wanted to make yesterday, if I remember right, so here goes. When someone asks “what religion are you” they normally mean “what denomination”. This caused me to think of something I was told once. Anyone can feel free to correct any information I have wrong, and I usually don’t give much heed to hearsay, but I heard that Catholics are told that when someone asks if they are Christian, they are to say “I’m Catholic.” I’m uncomfortable with that. It’s a good thing I’m not Catholic.
The main point I wanted to make today was that I want to be known as a Christian. I know that the word has been twisted and enlarged to encompass a whole slew of people that I myself would never consider Christian, however I want my name associated with Christ. I’m not happy just to tell someone I’m Apostolic. I know that associates me with the beliefs held by the apostles, who were the first Christians, but I don’t want to be mainly associated with them. I feel like if I am, then I’ve stopped one step too short. I know denomination narrows down what type of belief system we have as a Christian, but I think it disassociates me too far from what I want the focus in my life to be. Even one step is too far for my tastes. It’s not that I think all people who call themselves Christian are in the Bible with their beliefs and we should all just drop the denominations; I’m not into ecumenicism. I don’t mind sharing what I believe, but I want to make sure everyone knows I’m not trying to disassociate with Christ.
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse (which I often do in my writing). How about I don’t restate it again. 🙂
Christ needs to be the center or our lives. So for this, if you want to know what “religion” I am, don’t call me Pentecostal, don’t call me Apostolic, call me Christian.