It’s OK to Call Yourself a Christian

UCC pastor Lillian Daniels has written a terrific piece about people who say they believe in Jesus, but refuse to call themselves Christians.  It begins:

It seems to be a growing trend—people who claim to love Jesus but don’t want to call themselves Christians. The latest to stake a claim for not staking a claim is Marcus Mumford, the front man of the wildly popular Mumford & Sons, whose Christian-themed lyrics have been a source of fascination to believers and nonbelievers alike.

In Rolling Stone’s upcoming cover story, Mumford demurred when asked if he considered himself a Christian, as a teaser on the magazine’s website revealed. “I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage,” he said, in terms that many fans will relate to. “So, no, I wouldn’t call myself a Christian.”

Why should we call ourselves Christians?  Why should we worship in community, or bother with the church?  Read Lillian’s article here.