July 23, 2011 by Heather Harris
I recently read a Fox News article that said a group I’m a part of, “Campus Crusade for Christ”, will be changing its name to simply “Cru.” Their reasoning for this is that the words “Crusade for Christ” are bringing a negative connotation to the group by suggesting that they are forcing Christianity on people. The phrase, they say, is pushing away would-be attenders/members both Christian and non-Christian. Though the name will be changing, the focus of the group, itself, to reach out to college/university campuses in the name of Jesus Christ, will not be.
Some Christians are offended and angry that the group is taking Christ out of its name. They are upset that a group that is meant to be set apart for Christ on college/university campuses is more worried about being politically correct and fitting in, than claiming the name of Christ. I understand this, but at the same time, I think they are missing the point.
Yes, Campus Crusade is meant to be set apart on campuses that are not predominately Christian, but even more so, it is meant to be a group of Christians who reach out in Christ’s love and purpose to a campus that doesn’t know Him. It’s not about shoving Chrisianity in their faces or down their throats. It’s about loving people the way Christ did, and, in turn, showing the campus who He is through our lives and actions. Why do we need to label the group with Christ’s name in order to do so? Why is it so important to call it a crusade, when it’s really nothing like one?
I’ll admit, when I first read about this, I was upset too. I get sick of hearing about Christians having to back down in order to be “politically correct,” but the more I thought about it, the more I realized a name change doesn’t really make that big of a difference, as long as the purpose is the same. If Jesus had never acquired the label “Christ” would it have changed the fact that He was the Son of God? Would it have changed what He came here to do? See, Jesus was all about just doing it (He must have been a Nike fan). He didn’t need labels to announce to people what He was doing. In fact, half the time, even His own disciples didn’t know what the heck He was doing. He just did it because He knew what He was doing, and He knew it would make a difference. Making a stink about something as little as a name change is not something Jesus would have done, so why should it be something we do? Instead of worrying about that, we should be worrying about the fact that the name “Christ” has developed a negative, pushy connotation. Shouldn’t we be fighting to maintain the integrity of Christ’s name, rather than fighting to retain it?
What are your thoughts on the issue? What upsets you more, the fact that Christ’s name has a negative connotation or the fact that society has become so obsessed with being “politically correct”?