It's pet-peeve time, boys and girls. Today's pet peeve is "labels." I hate that as soon as someone thinks he gets a whiff of you, he sloppily licks the back of a gaudy sticker and slaps it on your forehead. I hate it because at that point, the chances of connecting at a level any deeper than your tag are close to nil. People see the label and they think, "Oh, you're one of those people."
For the most part, I hate being labeled. Don't you? I want to be seen for who I am - uniquely created by God for relationship with him - because that's reality. Look, I am not you. I believe differently than you do about some things. "I'm more!" I want to shout, or, "I'm less!" And yet, here I am cramped in this box.
We even have the audacity to try to brand the Almighty: Is the immortal, invisible, only wise God a Republican? An American? A Baptist? A Protestant?
I've met some people whose views of church are slightly unorthodox. The Emerging Church, the Post-Modern Church, the Missional Church - I believe those are some of their labels, if you need to know. On their tag they've got this smaller print that says, more or less, "Trying to be meaningful to a society that has lost its meaning." I think they truly just want to be Jesus to a world that needs Jesus. Do I agree with every one of them? Probably not, but they're trying to live like Christ. And someone's got to.