Tuesday, April 12, 2011

English 101

"Christian is a great noun, and a poor adjective."
- Rob Bell

As believers we tend to slap the "Christian" disclaimer on a lot of things. Maybe in an effort to let people know this is good. Whether it's music, books, films, clothing... even candy.

But what makes something/someone Christian?

They have confessed their sins and believe that Jesus died on the cross to pardon them of those transgressions... They have said the sinner's prayer.

OK, so let's use that criteria against these other "Christian" things.

Did that song say the sinner's prayer?

Did my t-shirt confess its sinful nature and accept Jesus into its life?

What about that christian film? Did my DVD raise its hand and walk up to the front of the church to accept Jesus?

I think we need to be careful when we use the word "Christian" in an effort to sell a product to a church-going audience.

It's English 101, Christian is a noun, not an adjective.

Feel free to disagree in the comment section below.


  1. It's gotten to the point where we judge something on whether or not it's "Christian" as opposed to the quality of the product.

    Makes me sad.

  2. Yeah... Ok AJ... I'll admit, the Christian pole dancing thing... that's a bit much. I think, like anything, people take a describing word - "Christian" means to be "like Christ", or a "Christ-follower" - so some will take any describer and stretch it out of context. But really, it's not wrong to tag something as "Christian" if it's describing something that directs people to Christ and lines up with what the Bible says about how we are to live as Christ Followers.
    Can we really call swinging and jirating on a pole in stilettos 'Christian' just because the music bed you're doing it to might be Christian music... yeah.. I don't think so.