I am No Longer an Evangelical

Philippians 1:21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

I keep reading about all these Evangelicals who are politically active for Trump, and those who are Never Trumpers. In either case, I am not overwhelmingly enthused about being associated with a religious movement that is defined by its political affiliation. I may like Trump as a President, but that should not define who I am in my Faith.

The definition of an Evangelical has changed over the years, and it is hard to define what one is today. Since there has been so much support for Trump among Evangelicals, they are more known for their political activism than they are for their Evangelicalism. Today, we have a Left Leaning group of Evangelicals who supports throwing Trump out of Office, and we have the Right Leaning group of Evangelicals who believe he is a godsend to America. Yet in the past, Evangelical Believers were never so divided over a political candidate. Personally, I think we have shifted the meaning of the term Evangelical from an active faith-sharing religious entity, to a political block of voters. The term Evangelical was associated with a Biblical view that you needed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be a Christian, and accepted John 3:16 as the basis for their theology. The term often used to describe Evangelicals as ‘born again’:

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

It has always been my understanding that when you became a ‘born again’ Christian, the importance of your culture, your traditions, your heritage, and your political persuasion were all secondary to your Faith in Christ. In fact, your lifestyle begins to change in keeping with what the Bible teaches on how to live a life for God. Changes that will affect your life as you accept what God thinks about sex, family, Forgiveness, Eternal Life, and your passion to live for God. As the line from I Have Decided says, “The Cross before me, the world behind me,” becomes a model for those who are fully devoted Followers of Christ. However, our world has become a tricky place of syncretism (the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought) where we allow a crossover of culture into our Faith experience. The Bible and culture have a courtship that creates a whole new strain of Christianity that Believes in Jesus, but whose lifestyle leans more to the culture than to the dictates of the Scripture. For me, this is where Evangelicalism is no longer informed by Scripture but by the trends of modern living. In the early days of my Faith journey, my mentors would call this ‘compromise’ … taking the Truth and adapting it to the world’s way of thinking.

This has happened not only in the political arena, but also in preaching and in Christian culture as a whole. We now have prominent Evangelical Christian teachers and magazines that have become so political that they have lost their Christ-like perspectives. We are not called to overthrow Governments … we are called to Promote a Kingdom - Christ’s Kingdom. We cannot support immorality in our Government, so we vote Moral Values and support candidates who uphold Values of life, family, and justice. Jesus told us to love our Enemies and Pray for those who persecute you:

Matthew 5:44 “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

Which brings me around to what I want to be called today rather than an Evangelical. What I want to be called is a Biblical Follower of Christ. Shorten that however you want, Bible Believer, Biblical Christian, or Christ Follower. Whatever the term shakes out to be, I want to be a Follower of Christ whose basis for Belief is the Bible. I don’t worship the Bible as some have cited, but the Bible is the Authority by which I order my life. That may be uncomfortable for some, but I don’t trust traditions, or doctrines that indoctrinate, or denominations, or preachers who use others to get what they want.

I am sure there are good people in all those things that I don’t trust, but at the end of the day, even good people can be deceived and can deceive others with the appearance of being good. The Bible teaches no one is good but God, so that is where I land.

I am not condemning Evangelicalism as a whole, but I no longer trust it. It can represent a faction of people who profess Christ, but support abortion, gay marriage, and living together before marriage. That kind of Evangelical thinking I cannot support, and I will no longer remain silent in addressing.

You can support Trump and be a Christian, but just don’t make that support a part of your connection to Christ. We Pray for our leaders and support those who are Moral, but they are not to be included into the fabric of our Faith. Our Allegiance is to Christ and Him alone, all other things matter little in comparison. Once again, our battle cry surrounds:

Philippians 1:21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler

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