Comedian Emo Philips tells a story.
“In conversation with a person I recently met, I asked, ‘Are you a Protestant or Catholic? ‘
My new acquaintance replied, ‘Protestant.”
I said, ‘Me, too! ‘What franchise?’
‘Me, too!’ I said. Northen Baptist or Southern Baptist?’
“Northern Baptist,’ he replied.
‘Me, too!’ I shouted.
We continued to go back and forth. Finally I asked, Northern conservative fundamentalist Baptist, Great Lakes Region, Council of 1879 or Northern conservative fundamentalist Baptist, Great Lakes Region, Council of 1912?’
He replied, ‘Northen conservative fundamentalist Baptist, Great Lakes Region, Council of 1912.’
I said, ‘Die, heretic!”
Thomas Campbell found himself a member of the Old Light, Anti-Burgher, Seceeder branch of the Presbyterian church of Scotland when he decided to be simply a Christian. In the same way, you and I might be sitting on our usual pew when we decide to quit thinking of ourselves as a member of the “Pro-Cooperation, Amillennial, Weekly Communion, Immersionist, Acappella, Restoration Movement Church of Christ! (Please understand that I am using this as if it were a distinctive name of some kind!) and we begin to be a citizen of the entire church – all the way to the very edge of the borders!