Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Roy Moore and the word "evangelical"
Peter Wehner is no longer proud to be a life-long Republican.
In his opinion piece, "Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican," he explains how Roy Moore's evangelicalism and dt's co-opting of Republicans has soured him on those two identifiers.
Thank God, I never claimed to be a Republican. But I can relate to Wehner on the dirtying of a perfectly good Greek workd eu-angelion. Good news.
I threw out the word evangelical in about 2003 when men claiming to be evangelicals were trying to convert Muslims in Baghdad.
"Witnessing" is good--but Americans talking about Jesus right after bombing the city?
And trying to convert people for whom changing religions could be a death sentence?
But my friend Virginia Ramey Mollenkott convinced me to take the word back. Here reasoning: if all of us who cherish the good news of God's intervention in human affairs through Jesus the Messiah give up the word, we leave it to the misguided and blind.
Thank God, it's clear to nearly everyone that Roy Moore was a poor excuse for a Christian, much less a Bible-believing Christian.
See NAE's definition of the word: https://www.nae.net/what-is-an-evangelical/
But let's be more precise about the term. Some white evangelicals support Trump and Moore, but there's a fair number of progressive evangelicals.
And don't forget the black evangelicals--who mostly vote Democratic.
See this report on NPR: "Are You an Evangelical?"