I Do Not Need Another Label

Do you support, “insert name of single cause movement here?” If you are not a part of the group that stands for/against “insert name of single cause movement here,” then what kind of person are you?

It seems everyone wants to give me a label. These labels often start with “pro” this or “anti” that but are not limited to those.

My simple thought is that I do not need another label. I am a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth. That is the label that defines me. My goal in life is to follow him and his teaching, serve him with my gifts and make him famous above everyone else who has ever lived. His words are my guide, even when they are unpopular.

As such a person, I recognize that there are things that are right with God and things that are wrong for believers in him to do. There is also an understanding that life is complicated, and issues have a personal level that makes them difficult to see clearly. Therefore, I expect obedience to him, but offer grace into the matrix of our painful existence. My words are full of both truth and love as I live for him each day.

I am a disciple of Jesus. I do not need another label.

While some labels do fit, those are not the things that define me. My life is more than any single issue. I am a child of God through the work of Jesus to save me from my sins. I believe that and everything I do flows from it. Discipleship to Jesus is my goal, and anything less is only part of the story of my faith.

The movement of the Churches I belong to have always had the motto of “Call Bible things by Bible names.” Well, I am a disciple of Jesus, nothing more and nothing less.

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