On Facebook, there is a group titled “I’M A CHRISTIAN AND I’M PROUD TO SAY IT!” (Say it then, shouting isn’t necessary, y’know… 😉 )
This is a case of finding identity in the label, instead of the concept that the label is supposed to point to. What do other people hear when you say this? This is what some people hear:
I’m a person that believes the world is 6000 years old, that Adam and Eve’s children committed incest, that a genetic bottleneck occurred on the Ark, that the air pressure was a billion times what it is today because all the water of the flood was “above” the atmosphere before the world-wide flood, that God came down and had sex with an engaged woman, that if a Christian prays for a nice, sunny day, that God will punish all the non-Christian farmers by not providing rain.
If this is what you meant, great… However, if this is not what you meant, you have just miscommunicated to some of your audience. That is the problem with labels, the problem with diversity in members of your audience. If you want to de-stigmatise the label, that’s great, however, that still requires people getting to know you first, rather than your labels. Once they know you, you can tell them what your label is, and they might understand what you mean by that label. The label is not as important as the concept it is supposed to be pointing to.
For more on the misunderstandings of the label “Christian”, check out Get the Good News Right.