The first thing he told me during our conversation about the political and social issues facing America was, “I’m a Methodist.”
be fair, he is not the first person I’ve ever spoken with who made
certain I knew his or her religious affiliation. And you’ve probably
heard it, too; Maybe even said it: “I’m a Southern Baptist.” “I’m a
Presbyterian.” “I’m a Catholic.” “I’m a Pentecostal.” “I’m a
Lutheran.” “I’m a . . . . “
I sometimes get weary of the
denominational labels. Why can’t Christians say simply, “I’m a
Christian”? And if we really feel impelled to self-identify with a
denominational label, why not, “I’m a Christian who happens to be a
Methodist . . . or a Baptist . . . or a Lutheran . . . or a Catholic . .
. or a . . . . .?
Unless Christ really is that divided.