We are going to take a break from the sermon debate today while Brady prepares his response. He’s getting married soon so he is appropriately distracted. We’ll get back at it soon. Now its time for something completely different..
I’ve met a lot of Christians over the last three years that are like me. We are disenfranchised with the institution of church. We don’t like the social and political positions the title “Christian” is assumed to carry. We live missionally/incarnationally. Although we might attend worship services, we struggle to find life in them. More often than not we are seeking community outside the institution. We are uncomfortable with ambition for church growth. We are wary of systems of authority. We have a passion to see things change. And we don’t like labels (which makes what is about to follow highly ironic).
I don’t know enough about church history to know if people like us are new on the scene or if we are always hanging around. But I feel like we are growing in number…in Baltimore anyway.
A few weeks ago I was trying to describe this group to someone and I was at lost for a label. So I sent an email to a bunch of people I know that fit this description and asked them what a good name was for believers like us. Here are some of the names they came up with:
- Liberators or Free
- Orphans or Reluctant Orphans
I don’t plan to ever use any of these. I don’t know that labels are helpful. But I think the exercise was interesting because it reveals how we think about ourselves.
What would you call us?