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Ashamed of the Name

December 12, 2010

Acts 11:26 tells us that the followers of Christ in Antioch were the first to be called Christians.  Note that they did not choose this title for themselves, but “they were called Christians.”  It was a derogatory term given to them: Oh, you’re one of those Christians, aren’t you?

Apparently, after a while they said to themselves, “You know what?  Yeah, I am a Christian.  What of it?”  They were proud to bear the name of a follower of Christ, and now there are millions of Christians worldwide.

Yet many Christians today choose to hide their faith.  They’d much rather blend in with the crowd than stand out as being different, fearing that they’d give the world a foothold to criticize them for their beliefs.

But the believers in Antioch were so proud of their faith in Christ that they readily identified with His Name, despite the fact that they were being mocked with it.

Are you proud of Christ?  Or are you ashamed of the Name?

Mark 8:38 – For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.