Would you believe that I get cranky? I get cranky at the strangest things. I get especially cranky with buzz word, especially Christian buzzwords! Words like, Missional, Emergent, Emerging, Community, Teaching & Justice. The list could go on. In my opinion when words become buzz they lose their value and gravitas.
One such buzz phrase I have noted of late is the propensity of people calling themselves ‘Jesus followers’. Apparently it is not enough to call oneself a Christian any more. It seems to me that people claim to be a ‘follower of Jesus’ as a way of distinguishing those who are perhaps only Christian by name not action.
I find the phrase irritating because, in my mind at least, it conjures up a sense of superiority. I laugh though because although Jesus himself said to the disciples, ‘Come follow me’ those who merely followed Jesus soon left him for another teacher. Only those who considered themselves disciples of Christ were considered faithful followers of Jesus. Discipleship is far more than just following Jesus. It involves a complete re-orientation of one’s life around the one we call Lord!
I can’t remember the last time the word discipleship became a buzz word. Or sin. Or repentance! Maybe I am just being cranky…
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a old folk song. Maybe people have been using the buzz words ‘Jesus followers’ longer than you think.
I have mixed emotions about these buzz words. For instance, “justice” is popular again. It may be the reaction of one generation against their Willow Creek parents, but it is a good one. What is annoying is that once the statement has been made that “We ain’t our parent’s Christianity” there is often a loss of interest.
So these “hot topics” are good if there is an awakening to lasting change. They are annoying if they dissappear from consciousness once “everyone is doing it”.
I have heard more about Christ followers as well, to not be identified with Christianity. Eh, Im just look warm about Jesus/Christ follower terminology. It will only be trendy for such a short time.
your just a little cranky, have an expresso. but, your right about the buzz words.
Yeah, I’m just cranky! 🙂
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