(Discuss) What is a Christian?

It’s a deeper question than it appears at a glance. I’ve been told this isn’t a name that the early Church gave themselves, but rather a label that was put on them by non-followers-of-Jesus, intended to be offensive. Nowadays, it seems that many are willing – even eager – to identify as Christians, even if they’re not willing to identify with Christ or submit to him. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So let’s move the conversation to the comments section:

What is a Christian?

What is a common misconception about Christians?

What connotations does the word “Christian” carry today?

I’m interested in hearing from believers. But I’m particularly interested in hearing from you if you don’t call yourself a Christian. What does Christianity mean to you?

If you are a Christian, maybe you can ask a friend or acquaintance who isn’t a believer what the term means to them.


Here’s a chance to get to know me and your fellow readers. Here’s a chance for us to get to know you.


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3 thoughts on “(Discuss) What is a Christian?

  1. Recently I introduced myself to a new group of people. “Tell us about yourself,” they said. I started by saying my name, then that I am a Christian and that I love God. I think by adding that I love God, I must have somewhat added weight to “I am a Christian,” but it got me thinking… It’s not true of all cultures and societies, but I think that in some places, to say one is a Christian doesn’t mean much.

    I also think that this whole business of calling ourselves Christians and living like the world mocks God. We do bear His name, after all. And I think it must be very confusing to people looking from the outside in.

    Next time I get a chance to introduce myself, I think I’ll specify that I’m not a just-on-Sunday Christian or an Easter-Christmas-and-funeral Christian. More important than anything I could say, I believe I have a responsibility to live as though my God is alive and I believe it.

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  2. After thinking about this question, I was reading Psalm 7. The first verse says, “O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;
    save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me…” I’m not sure why that verse jumped out at me, but it did. =) I think it provides at least a partial answer to “What is a Christian?”

    First of all, a Christian is someone who proclaims that the Lord is their God. They are willing to admit it to others and carry it as a banner waving free, instead of hiding their faith. They don’t just have the term “Christian” attached to their life; they live it, realizing that it will bring persecution. Secondly, they trust in God. Trusting in anyone other than ourselves is incredibly hard. A Christian is willing to give up everything and trust Him for provision. When persecution arises, he is ready to face them in Christ’s strength.

    While those are only two small characteristics of a Christian, I thought I would share that verse. =)

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    1. What a thoughtful reply! I deeply appreciate much (or all!) of what you said. ” They don’t just have the term “Christian” attached to their life; they live it, realizing that it will bring persecution.” … “Trusting in anyone other than ourselves is incredibly hard.” I realize I’m just quoting what you said, now, but I really don’t have anything to add! And your second sentence that I quoted, while simple as first glance, I find is so incredibly true!

      Thank you, my friend! Thank you for sharing directly from Scripture (isn’t it so powerful??). Your thoughts are always appreciated.

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