Marcus Mumford, of the popular band “Mumford and Sons,” was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine for an upcoming cover story and in the interview, Marcus was asked, “would you consider yourself a Christian?”
Marcus: “I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage. So, no… I wouldn’t call myself a Christian. I’ve kind of separated myself from the culture of Christianity.”
Not everyone knows this, but Marcus is the son of the U.K. founders of the evangelical Vineyard movement and just like many other 20-30 something “church kids” today, Marcus is basically echoing the popular quote from Mahatma Gandhi –
“I would be a Christian, if it were not for the Christians.”
In fact, Pew Research Center reported last year that, 32% of 18 to 29-year-olds listed “none” as their religious affiliation. Why the jump from flying the “Christian” flag? Why are today’s college kids disgusted with saying, “I’m a Christian?” Most will tell you it has everything to do with “the crazies.”
The hate speech spewing, false doctrine teaching, outright ignorant fools, who give Christianity a bad name.
- Westboro Baptist Church
- Gun Wielding Pastors Who Want To Burn The Koran
- Preachers Who Blame Tragedies On Gays/Homosexuals and Abortionists.
Admittedly, there are many “Christians” who would much rather just tell sinners how bad they are, kick em to the ground, rub their face in their depravity, and emphatically tell them they’re going to hell.
The truth is, hell is the reality and consequence for everyone who refuses to believe in Christ. Jesus said, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son (John 3:18b.) The GOSPEL is supposed to be GOOD NEWS, not hateful news. Yes, we definitely need the whole gospel…the bad news and the good news, but the bible tells us to share the WHOLE gospel in LOVE.
Bad News – Apart from Christ, people will spend eternity separated from God in a real place called Hell.
Good News – God the Father went to the extreme to make the way for whosoever will believe, by sacrificing His only Son in our place, paying our debt of blood, so we could be called sons and daughters.
People like Marcus and the 32% of 18 to 29-year-old Americans can say, “I don’t want to call myself a Christian,” and they can even blame it on the ridiculous people out there who use Christianity and the bible as an excuse to hate others. But what they are really saying is, “I don’t truly believe it.”
The Apostle Paul endured false teachers who taught different gospels, who imposed stupid requirements on new believers, and who also accused Paul himself of being a money hungry fraud. That didn’t stop Paul from being unashamed of the Gospel (romans 1:16.)
Romans 1:1 – Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.
Allowing the misuse of the name by others -. who clearly are not Christians – to cause you to say, “I’m not going to affiliate with that name anymore because ignorant people are messing it up,” is immature and cowardly. We’re all messed up on some level. But The Crazies’ misuse and tainting of the word “Christian,” SHOULD drive true believers, all the more, to share the gospel in love and work to put on the Garments of Righteousness every day. Don’t separate from Christianity… Separate from the crazies by showing others what a bible believing, true follower of Christ, looks like.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved…
- Compassionate hearts
- and patience
- Bearing with one another
- Forgiving each other
- Above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.
- Be thankful.
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
- singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
- whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.