Mumford & Sons is on the cover of the current Rolling Stone magazine and lead singer Marcus Mumford speaks about his faith in the article inside. Much has been written about what he said, so I won’t belabor it here. In summary, he says that he has his “personal views about the person of Jesus and who he was,” but wouldn’t call himself a Christian because that word “comes with so much baggage.”
When I read what he said, I was reminded of a story that came out around the beginning of the year about the growth of the ‘nones,’ the group of Americans that no longer self-identify with any religious group. It’s a group that contains many “spiritual but not religious” people.
I get all of this. Completely. When talking about my own belief in Christ, I’ll often use the phrases “Christ-follower,” “disciple,” or even quote the Robert Robinson hymn, “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” and say I’m “prone to wander.” To me, all of these are more descriptive labels in this day and age than simply “Christian.”