I can’t eat meat or dairy at this point in my life. They both cause discomfort and unpleasantness in my body. I’ve spent the last 11 years explaining over and over and over that avoiding gluten is about decreasing my fibromyalgia pain and not about weight loss; the last thing I want to be is gluten-free and vegan. But what’s in a name?
Traveling gluten-free is a challenge. And traveling gluten-free, meatless, and dairy-free is even more restrictive. So I don’t want extra attention to my food choices at holiday gatherings or to be ‘that person’ at events. The goal is to feel good in my body, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
And should I call myself a vegan if I partake of honey and carry a leather handbag? My reasons for avoiding dairy and meat are related to digestive issues and nothing more. Nevertheless, I will debate my classification while thinking of this verse,
“The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” Acts 11:26b CSB
Presently, being Christian is dangerous in some parts of the world. And with others dissecting their faith, it seems to be a time when many believers are wrestling with their classification. Evangelical Christians, Liberal Christians, or Nationalist Christians all sound off the mark. But remember, Christ’s disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.
No added label is necessary.
What does it mean to be a Christian?
Being a Christian involves imitating Christ. It’s being crucified with Him and existing as a living sacrifice. We are reconciled with God the Father through Christ the Son. We confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts, and we’re saved.
What’s in a name?
Perhaps it’s time we go back to a simple classification like the disciples. And be honored and content to be called Christians without adding any extra label to who God says we are.