Are these really just 'labels'? I mean if we are truly Christians, shouldn't we just be Christ followers? Wouldn't we want to "do the right things" and live a life according to what the word of God as written in the Bible? The book is the one living book, so it speaks to us all differently each time we pick it up. We each have to draw from it what we can.
I was recently reading a book called "Do the Right Thing" by Mike Huckabee and he had some wonderful insights on this theory. It was not just a political book of rhetoric but also an 'in your face wake up call' for some. I think many people have really forgotten what general caring and care-giving actually are, when it comes right down to people. We tend to get so tied up in the necessities of the "laws" and ideas what others are doing, we forget to remember the grace and love we are meant to show each other. I think that is what God truly meant for his people. We are born sinners, every one of us - we have to train our children to be "good" and we must chose between the good and bad daily. God gave us this gift of free will and His gift of grace but we must be able to discern what to do with both. I find that in all reality it is not a hard decision to reconcile. I know I do not have to agree with everything that everyone does, as they do not have to agree in turn with me, but I can also love a person for being the person they are, knowing that God made them, and they are special and here by the same grace that I have been shown. This may be a more difficult task with some than others, but I think this is the test that God has given us all in our life. Difficulties, love, compassion, grace, forgiveness......we are all truly blessed, even on our worst day. I firmly believe that one bad day with Christ is far better than an eternity without Him!