Here is a true statement. If you stand for something, someone will stick a label on you. It will probably not have anything to do with what you really stand for, but you’ll get the label anyway. If you stand anywhere long enough to make a point, that was also long enough to earn a label. But the problem isn’t with you or what you stand for, the problem is with the label.
We are a slap-happy, label-happy group. We have to have a category to put everybody in. And most likely, whatever label we affix to a person will be inevitably wrong, mostly because no one fits a label completely. They got the label because their personhood or their ideas protruded out beyond everyone else’s, as in, “There’s a guy making such-and-such point over there he must be a ___________.”
Jesus could have been a communist. He never owned anything. He roamed from town to town lifting up the fallen and bringing down the proud. That’s actually what God does; it’s in the Old Testament. He lifts up the humble and brings down the proud. So that probably makes God a communist. And what about the early church that held everything in common? Sounds pretty suspicious to me.
If you want to follow Jesus and walk in the truth, shun all “-isms” or “-ists.” That’s because the truth cuts a wide swath. The way is narrow but not the mind that follows it. In any ism, there is some truth. So if you stand for the whole truth you will have a lot of isms that could be attached to you, but they would all be wrong because each one of them also excludes other aspects of the truth that you stand for.
Stand long enough in one place, someone will stick a label to you. Maybe that’s why Dylan was a rolling stone. If someone attaches a label to a follower of Christ it’s more than likely wrong. So don’t get all riled up about it, just keep on rolling.
Bottom line, don’t label anyone and don’t believe any label someone wants to put on you. The truth you stand for is much bigger than that. There’s just too many labels, and too little time to pick one.