The term “Evangelical” has been hijacked by white Americans. It’s a dangerous stereotype, but they’re mainly Trump supporters and would sacrifice almost anything to ensure they ban abortion in America. They’re nationalistic, racist and homophobic.
This isn’t the textbook theological definition, of course. Evangelicals are supposed to be defined as people who take the Bible seriously (the more Reformed amongst them would insist we take it literally and that it is inerrant), who are evangelist in their worldview (they are intent on spreading the Gospel), and believe that personal salvation is available through Jesus’ redeeming death on the Cross.
I grew up as an Evangelical. And, in as much as I believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah and that the Bible is a true witness to Him, I would like to continue to think of myself as an Evangelical. But I can no longer remain silent about the dangers of Evangelicalism. In fact, I agree with an article written by Chris Kratzer this past week, in response to evangelical Christians continuing to support Donald Trump after he failed to condemn neo-Nazis in Charlottesville – he called Evangelicalism evil. Well, at least seven of the things White Evangelical Americans believe.
You can read his full article, with details on each, at his blog. I highly recommend you do. Here’s the summary of the seven evils:
- A gospel hinging on repentance is no Gospel at all — it’s evil.
- A Christian life of sin-management and behavior modification is no life at all — it’s evil.
- Worshiping the Bible instead of Jesus isn’t worshiping at all — it’s evil.
- Twisting and using Jesus to spiritually justify hate, war, violence, supremacy, nationalism, greed, self-preservation, and power isn’t following Jesus at all — it’s evil.
- Extending to the world a kingdom filled with racism, sexism, discrimination, classism, and marginalization isn’t extending the Kingdom of Jesus at all — it’s evil.
- Doing church in ways that promote conformity, false unity, and the suppression of spiritual growth, diversity, and differences, isn’t doing church at all — it’s evil.
- Mixing Grace with condemnations and mixing Love with conditions isn’t manifesting true Grace or Love at all — it’s evil.
I can’t be part of a religion that espouses these evils. I take the Bible seriously, and will continue to do so. I believe in Jesus as Saviour of the world, and will continue to do so. I want others to believe too, and continue to do so. But I won’t support a broken religion anymore.