Campus Crusade for Christ will henceforth be known as “Cru”, its leaders have announced. “Crusade” and “jihad” are very similar words. Both can mean a holy war against the infidel; both can mean a struggle against social evil. But whenever Christians talk about crusades, and whenever Muslims bring up jihad, hackles rise.Campus Crusade for Christ, an evangelical group that works primarily with young people, picked the name at a time when few Americans thought about Islam. (The Orthodox also don’t like the name; a crusade gone even more awry than usual sacked Constantinople in 1204.) Evangelical Protestant theology has generally frowned on the concept of crusade as one of the papal innovations that took the church away from its true teaching. Protestant aversion to crusade theology deepened when Popes began calling for holy wars to stamp out Protestantism in the sixteenth century.Congratulations, Cru, on the name change. This was baggage that nobody needed. Christians of all people should do what we can to avoid giving unnecessary offense.
Campus Crusade For Christ To Change Name