The term 'Christian' carries both positive and negative connotations. If I were to tell someone that I am a Christian, it will bring up an image in that person's mind (whether positive, negative or indifferent) about what they think of Christians/Christianity. That person has little choice but to ascribe those thoughts and feelings to me.
So is there anything that is completely objective about being a Christian?
To kind of define the word itself, I take the term to mean that a 'christian' is someone who associates or identifies him/herself with Christ. Identifies as in to find an identity in Christ. Much like an American lives in America, makes America his/her home, has a citizenship, supports American ideals, and is surrounded by other Americans, a Christian identifies with Christ in this way. (S)He lives in Christ, boasts a citizenship, supports Christ-like ideals, is surrounded by other Christians, etc...
Can it really be that simple? What if it were? What if everything I did was based simply on this definition?
The image of Christians has become so perverted that it takes some thought to really figure out what, exactly, it means to label oneself as such. Once you strip away connotations (which may not be entirely possible), you're left with a definition that, I think, begs you to do something with. If I indeed am those things, then what? I can't ignore it. I am compelled to move, if only even to simply try to figure out what the definition means in a practical way.