"Jen, you're a Christian right?"
Not because I am ashamed of my faith, or that I am ashamed of loving Jesus but because of the label that "christian " can mean in America, or at least Southern California.
Lately this label means to me a conservative man who will judge you at any given moment.
It means seeing only black & white, and not the complicated shades of grey.
It means being a consumer of Christian marketing that really has nothing to do with being a follower of Christ.
It means having bad taste in music.
I wish it identified more with a people group that loves with compassion instead of judgement and isn't so stuck in a box.
I answered my co-worker with a "why do you ask? " before I committed to labeling myself.
Most of my co-workers know who I love and who I follow, but it's not because I ever claimed myself to be a Christian or answered the religious question of "are you..?". I think it's because as I live out my life they are curious why I make certain decisions or say things that I do that have led to great conversations about who God is.
I wish now there was a different label. I don't want to be boxed into the label of 'Christian" , "Presbyterian" "moderate" or anything else. I just want to be known as someone who loves Jesus and does her best to communicate the amazing and abundant love God has for all His people.