Plinky asked me the question: “Would you describe yourself as spiritual, religious, or something else?”
I define myself as relational. I believe that God created us for relationship with Him and each other. In essence, that sums up our existence. We live to love.
That said, I also define myself as a Christian. I personally don’t like the title “religious”, because religion is a framework created by man to try and reach a higher state. Christianity is all about trusting God and developing a romance with Him. I prefer not to use the title “spiritual” either, mainly because THAT can get confused with spiritualist, which I am not.
Now, I realize that many people have issues with being called “Christian” and some argue that we should just scrap the name and start over. I don’t buy that. How about we just live in such a way, that we positively redefine “Christian”?
I don’t want people to hear “what I am” and naturally assume that I am corny, outdated, frumpy-looking, unrealistic, a pessimist, a bigot, or boring.
I want people to get to know me as a person, then, if they happen to ask, “What are you?”, I’ll tell them. And maybe the next time they hear someone is a Christian, they might have a more open idea of what that might look like.
Who knows? It could be a wacky person who likes poetry and Emo-rock, lives in jeans and hates Southern Gospel music. Or not…
-Just a thought