The meanings of words and concepts are constantly in flux. Most of them due to the influence of cultural, political or technological changes. Words like awful, fantastic and gay, for example, once had completely different connotations. Similarly the word Christian and Christianity has totally changed. Within the last century, the term “Christian” has even ceased to hold the same meaning and description it once did.
The word “Christian” occurs three times in the Bible.* But the Greek term Christianos (meaning “Christ followers”) is never used to describe the crowds that followed Jesus. Acts 11:26 calls only the disciples “Christ followers.” In essence, Christianos was the word used to describe those with the distinctive character of being like Christ followers. There were many during Jesus time, who believed in Jesus, not all of them were Jesus followers. Similar to demons believing in Jesus, a belief in Jesus is not who Christians are. Christianity is not about getting people to believe in Jesus.
Diluted and broadened over time, a “Christian” became synonymous with someone who simply believes in Jesus. In many cases, a person born with a Christian or biblical name can be known as a Christian. Someone who goes to church can be known as a Christian. Even a person who performs miracles in the name of Jesus can be known as a Christian. Any “believer” of Jesus is called a Christian. So, today, how many Christians are true disciples (Christianos), and how many are merely cultural believers?
Crossruption is about returning to Christianos! Not the version of Christianity that finds its meaning outside the person and power of Jesus Christ. Not the brand of Christianity where people simply attend programs and events in order to claim their badge of association. But turning away from the old means turning toward the new. Toward becoming a true disciple of Christ. It’s time the world saw the character of Jesus in His followers again! Not just a crowd identified by a title.
*Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16