Jan MarkellRightside News
What is an evangelical? I believe the definition has morphed a bit over some decades now. Evangelicals stress a born-again experience, have a high regard for biblical authority, and stress the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I finally became "churched" at age 14, it was in a Bible-believing, fundamental church that was committed to the gospel, to missions, to Bible memorization, and to the abstinence from some worldly pleasures. Several decades later, I remain an evangelical but I fear that evangelicalism may have left the train station without me.
Right from the get-go I knew I was not a part of the "social justice" agenda. I did not look down on those folks; I just knew that we looked at biblical issues differently and even looked at the Bible with different glasses. To me, poverty, climate-change, war, immigration, and women's rights were not evangelical issues.
Or were they? The times began a-changin' in the 1970s and by the 1980s, some were concerned that evangelicalism could get hijacked. By the 1990s, the term was being redefined. And in the last ten years, I fear some of the founders of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) who first met in 1942 to counter the liberal Federal Council of Churches of Christ (which would become the National Council of Churches) were pretty grieved! The 21st century brought a shift to the Left. Let me clarify.
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