I find I am increasingly uncomfortable using the word “Christian” to describe myself or my belief in Jesus

Christ. A recent study done by Leadership Journal titled, Five Different Kinds of Christians, convinces me that I am on the right track.

Years ago Dr. Francis Schaeffer reminded us that “God words” are increasingly meaningless. Reading this aritlce will help you understand why Dr. Schaeffer said we have to find fresh language to communicate our beliefs in a post-modern world, and understand why I don’t describe myself as a Christian.

It is a thought provoking study and one that might be good fodder for a discussion with those in your circle of influence.

What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus?

Two things are certain for me:

  • I am committed to being a fully devoted, obedient follower of Jesus
  • I am open to those who are just beginning their journey with Jesus to discover what that means for them through relationship with myself or others who love and obey him

It is not possible to draw a box around Jesus and easily say people are either in or out of the box, nor is it possible to ignore the fact that Jesus is dangerous. He is not a domesticated pet that we keep on a leash, ready to obey us when we need him.

As I said, this article, and hopefully my letter, will provoke you to probe the question of faith in Christ more deeply with those who are important in your life.

Blessings – just wanted to throw something out there!

Your beloved bush brother – Francois