For the last 15 years a white haired businessman has been using the name “Jesus Christ.”  He has a passport, driver’s license and social security card with Jesus’ name on it.  According to the Associated Press, he is having trouble in West Virginia as he prepares for a move there.  They won’t give him a driver’s license in the name of “Jesus Christ.”  Authorities there point out that he has a Florida birth certificate in his real name and that his original name has never been legally changed.  A lawyer for the man says he uses the name as an expression of faith.  Putting this gentleman’s problems aside, all of us in a sense bear the name of Jesus Christ.  When we became his follower we were called “Christian.”


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.