Marcus Mumford and the trouble with labels

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(RNS) Labels can be helpful when, for instance, applied to cans of soup or barrels of toxic waste. But they are less so when affixed to human beings – particularly when labels are meant to summarize, indelibly, one’s spiritual identity. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Marcus Mumford, the 26-year-old lead singer of the wildly […]

  • James

    The question was asked by a writer for the RS (a mission field if there ever was one) who clearly knew what he was asking. For a Believer, this is a priceless opportunity to be both the salt and light we are called to be in this world. Instead, the writer sees neither. Jesus gave a few men a “label” when He said “you are my disciples” and later these “disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” precisely because of their witness.

    It’s fine by me that Bono and Mumford spend their brief lives on earth with a “nuanced” testimony to a form of christianized spirituality, but to pretend its the same calling that Christ issued after His ressurection mocks the millions of believers through the centuries who suffered, and continue to suffer, for their identification with Christ.

    “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” 1 Cor 14:8