Evangelicals vs. Christians

evang vs chr

The title of a Salon article makes a bold accusation.

“The racist history of evangelicals proves they’re a perfect match with Trump: Why the religious right’s love for The Donald makes sense”.

That Salon article is one of several recent articles that talk about so-called “evangelicals”.

In a USA Today commentary, Tom Krattenmaker claims that Evangelicals are making a big mistake by supporting Donald Trump.

In a CNN article, Daniel Burke writes, “In the days before Super Tuesday, conservative Christian leaders cautioned, cajoled and pleaded with evangelicals to reject Trump, saying the New York businessman epitomized the opposite of their values.”

In a Christian Century commentary, Steve Thorngate writes, “Still, this is an important point: it’s not evangelicals who find Trump appealing so much as it is nominal evangelicals.”

In a blog post, Joel J. Miller, writes, “The religious right, in other words, is a spent and sputtering force. We should have seen it coming. North American evangelical leaders lamented declining influence more than five years ago in a revealing Pew Research Center survey conducted at the Third Lausanne Congress of World Evangelization.”

In an American Thinker article, Fay Voshell writes, “What exactly does evangelicals’ support for a man like Trump signify? First, it reveals the extent to which many evangelicals have been assimilated into secularist culture.”

In a Washington Post commentary, Russell Moore makes this proclamation:

The word “evangelical” has become almost meaningless this year, and in many ways the word itself is at the moment subverting the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Russell Moore is mistaken. The word evangelical has been subverting the Gospel of Messiah Jesus for quite awhile now, because the word currently pertains to a political ideology that is promoted in the guise of Christianity.

In the above-cited Salon article, Amanda Marcotte writes, “Evangelical voting behavior makes way more sense if you assume the politic views come first and the Bible is just the rationalization for them.”

Granted, Amanda Marcotte’s article is a diatribe presenting numerous false claims. Yet, she is correct to equate evangelicals with a particular political ideology instead of with Christianity.

The political ideology of so-called “evangelicals” isn’t the Gospel message described in the New Testament, and so-called “evangelicals” err by assuming that their political positions are the Christian positions. Christianity Today editor Mark Galli says it best when he writes, “My Christian faith informs my judgment. But it would be self-righteous to say that mine is “the Christian position” and that any other is not “Christian.””

It is wrong to use the label evangelical to describe Christians who are a part of the Political Right because Christian evangelism is separate from politics. Biblically, members of the Christian Middle are just as evangelical, and they manage to share the Gospel with others without tainting their message with politics.

In short, when members of the Political Left criticize so-called “evangelicals”, the former are criticizing members of a political movement, not members of a faith.


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  • yetanotherjohn

    There is truth in what you say. A more formal version is contained in the distinction between the left hand and right hand kingdoms of God.

    As a side note, your comment on scrabble I don’t think is accurate. Imagine the following sequence of play. (Capitals for new letters added)
    VAN
    EvanGELIC
    evangelicALS
    vERSUS
    CHRIsT
    christIANS

  • The Progressives cannot or will not recognize the Jacksonians (just as they will not acknowledge the South Park Conservatives). There is overlap between the Jacksonians and the Evangelicals (certainly moreso than with the South Park Conservatives), this is just lazy and ill informed blathering of Democratic Operatives with Bylines.

    • Commander_Chico

      Tired cant from the likes of “warblogger” and hentai expert DenBeste.

  • jim_m

    It is a measure of the God hating left that they refuse to accept the truth that religion is not political and that Evangelicals cut straight across the political spectrum. Of course, if the left had its way they would purge their ranks of believers, preferably with the use of concentration camps and ovens.

    • Vagabond661

      Are you saying evangelicals can be Republican or Democrat or even…independent?

      • yetanotherjohn

        I’ll say it. They can even be apolitical.

        • Vagabond661

          Or black, right Jersey M Jones?

          • yetanotherjohn

            red and yellow, black and white they’re precious in his sight Jesus loves the little children of the world

  • Jersey McJones

    “Evangelicals,” in this election year context, and as far as we libs are concerned, is really just a nice way of saying “backwards white people.” We’re just trying to be nice.

    JMJ

    • jim_m

      You comment is really just a nice way of announcing that you are a bigot.

      Don’t bother being nice. We know you are an asshole.

  • Paul Hooson

    Both have an interesting relationship with the Jews. Many Evangelicals seem to hold Jews in high esteem as the blood relatives of Jesus and the prophets, where all Jews have DNA traceable back to just 330 original Jews. On the other hand, sometimes more mainstream Christians are the one’s who have sometimes supported unfair critical views against Israel or efforts to convert Jews.