The name-game is also part of our Christianity. We want to identify with Jesus, so we call ourselves “Christians.”
But there is a danger in taking on the name without taking on the character. I can call myself Babe Ruth, but if I cannot swing a bat, I would be exposed as a fraud. I can call myself Bill Gates, but if I still change my own oil, my friends would be suspect.
To take on the name of Jesus is also to take on his identity. Being a Christian is not a matter of heritage or church attendance or family or culture. Calling yourself a Christian means that you are committing to following Jesus. It may be harsh, but if you are reluctant to do this, then perhaps you should find another nickname.
May all the titles we wear — such as Father, Son, American and Christian be reflective of our character and our nature.