Is it time to retire the term ‘Christian’?

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By Robert Mann

Have you noticed that political liberals have taken to calling themselves “progressives?” It’s not because their ideology has changed. It’s because the word “liberal” has become untenable, an obstacle in the minds of many voters.

This happened largely because conservative politicians and their friends in the media, especially at Fox News, bastardized and twisted the word. However, it was also accomplished after many on the left did a poor job defending their ideology. (And, political liberals like me must admit that our policies have not always been popular or successful.)

Whatever the reason, “liberal” has become, in the minds of many, a word that now means “radical” or “extremist.”

Simply put, the term has, for now, been ruined. Many liberals believe that to get a fair hearing among the public they must rebrand themselves as “progressive.”

I wonder sometimes if the same hasn’t happened to the term “Christian.”

Pat Robertson, Phil Robertson, Tony Perkins, the Westboro Baptist Church, the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition. Think about the image of Christianity that these people and organizations – and dozens more like them – portray to the world.

Continue reading at “At the Threshold”

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5 Responses to Is it time to retire the term ‘Christian’?

  1. Tom Aswell says:

    Amen, brother, A-freakin’ MEN!

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  2. Hera says:

    Bob, I am not a Christian, but do have good leftist Christian friends, and I think you all should keep the term Christian and reclaim it the way so many other groups have reclaimed terms that were once derisive or have become so. The term queer comes to mind and how the LGBT community has reclaimed it. I am Wiccan, and we have similarly collectively reclaimed the word witch to describe ourselves. But you must keep the term Christian to describe yourself because if you don’t, then the bullies win because they have forced you to redefine yourselves. And if I know one thing about bullied, it is this: do not cede ground to them. And make no mistake about it: people like Pat Robertson and the leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church are bullies, pure and simple.

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  3. earthmother says:

    I AM a Christian, and I say perfect reply – I agree!

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  4. Milford Fryer says:

    “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”

    _ St. Francis of Assissi

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