Some people of faith who follow Jesus Christ don’t want to be known by the word Christian. They prefer other names such as Christ-follower or believer. Why?
* Some people feel that the word Christian has been so compromised that it now means nothing more than a vague, commitment-free acknowledgement of the religion known by that name.
* Others believe that the term Christian has been politicized and taken over by certain political views that they don’t want to be identified with.
* Still others feel that Christians have been maligned, mocked, and marginalized in Western society to the point that they want a fresh identity that more truly reflects the biblical ideal of being a Christian.
That’s why I am proposing a new, alternative name for Christians: Christimates.
A Christimate is someone who lives in daily intimacy with and obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ. A Christimate is committed to Christimacy (intimacy with and obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ).