Acts 11:26 “…and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”
It is a sad state of affairs in our time and culture when the term “Christian” no longer means what it used to mean. The video link illustrates this new mentality, in which people have a disdain for the term “Christian” and prefer “Christ-follower.” I will tell you up front that I prefer the term Christian. It has historical meaning and value. It tells me something about the person theologically and (hopefully) doctrinally. “Christ-follower” on the other hand tells me nothing. Anyone can be a Christ-follower just like someone who follows Buddha, Yogi, Confucius, etc.
In my estimation, just because someone says they are a Christ-follower tells me nothing of who they actually are. They may like Christ’s teaching, but not His divinity. They may like his politics, but not His atoning death and resurrection. They may like His social works, but not His glorious return. They may call themselves a Christ-follower, but not believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God–the second person of the Trinity.
Yes, some Christians have given the name a bad taste (i.e. the guy in the video). However, I don’t think we should rename ourselves because of a few bad apples. The name “Christian” is the name that was given 2000 years ago to those who believed in the person and work of Jesus. May we teach people the true nature of a Christian, instead of putting a different label on ourselves that only covers up the underlying issues.