Recently, I was asked a question: "What kind of Christian are you?"
I never know how to respond to such a question. It feels like a loaded question, one that anyone else will misunderstand no matter what I answer I give.
Officially, I am a Methodist, but I am Methodist by culture, rather than by doctrine. If I answer that I am a Protestant, explaining the differences between that and Roman Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity would be like explaining the differences between punctuated equilibrium and systematic gradualism to a non-biologist - not very helpful to the questioner.
I could describe myself as Evangelical, but I do not think the world is 6,000 years old*. I would describe myself as being of an Orthodox faith, but not of the Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox church. I would say that I am a Fundamentalist, but I do not consider the Pope an enemy*. I consider myself Conservative, but I accept evolutionary theory*. So how should I describe to my friend what kind of Christian I am?
"The kind that loves Jesus," I found myself blurting out.
As a friend eloquently puts it, a Christian without Christ is just 'Ian'. And 'Ian' didn't die for our transgressions.
So here's the question: What kind of Christian are you?*Note: The author knows that the statements describing Evangelical/Fundamentalist/Conservative Christians are all stereotypes, which was the point he was making about the difficulty in describing himself. The author does describe himself as evangelical, fundamentalist, conservative and orthodox (with small caps), but not in the way most people understand it today.What would you answer if someone asked you what kind of Christian you were?