Saturday, March 28, 2009
White Christians currently find themselves with quite the dilemma. The term "Christian" seems a little outdated and just doesn't quite communicate to others which faith they adhere to, so they long for a more appropriate label. No, this is not related to their denomination - Presbyterian, Lutheran, Christian Reformed, etc., though non-denominational white Christians are especially prone to struggling with this conundrum.
Young white Christians seek a way to cast off the stigma of being a Christian, while still remaining one. They hem, they haw, but with the dawn of social networking sites, white Christians must decide once and for all whether their online profile should tell the world that they are "Christian," "born again," or, the increasingly popular choice: "Follower of Jesus." No one chooses "evangelical" - white Christians aren't really sure what this term means, let alone if they belong to this group.
"Christian" seems very non-inclusive in this day and age and the likes of Jimmy Carter and Jerry Falwell have poisoned the "born again" well - leaving "follower of Jesus" as the only viable option for the white Christian. Being a follower of Jesus automatically distances the white Christian from all of the unpleasant perceptions about white Christians. The follower of Jesus no longer has to apologize for the Crusades, "Bible-belt people", or the passages in the Bible non-Christians find distasteful.