AM I AN EVANGELICAL? Today I began to question whether or not I want to be identified as an evangelical. Perhaps the political baggage that now weighs upon the identifier is a marker that eclipses the word's historic theological meaning. I have had a number of people ask me to describe what an evangelical is, or wonder openly if evangelicals are all gay-hating bigots.
TIME TO DISTANCE MYSELF FROM EVANGELICALS? Maybe it is time to distinguish myself from the "evangelical" label. "Evangelical" may describe my experience of personal faith encounter and commitment to follow Jesus Christ in exclusive discipleship, but "evangelical" does not describe where that faith takes me in terms of social responsibility and incarnational witness if by "evangelical" you mean identification with a politically homogenous bloc noted for single-issue voting and blurring the separation of church and state. Is anybody else feeling this tension?