AN EVANGELICAL MANIFESTO
Is the end of right-wing political co-optation of this branch of Christ's church in sight?
HOT OFF THE PRESS. I recently received a link to a new 20-page "Evangelical Manifesto" that purports to be an important realignment of Evangelicals in relationship to public policy and deliberation in the public arena. It was published and put online on May 7, inviting co-signers and comment.
READ AND REFLECT. I invite anyone reading Bikehiker blog to access it, read it, and respond to it here. I am reading it today, as well as the 29-page study guide that is a companion to it. I will publish my responses and questions in the "Comments" below when I've had a chance to digest and contemplate the document. I invite you to do the same.
CAN "EVANGELICAL" BE REDEEMED? You must know that I was so dismayed by the blantant and willing co-optation of Evangelicals by/to the Republican Party in recent national elections that I stopped referring to myself as an evangelical. I do not identify with the public statements and policy positions pushed by the leading Evangelical proponents and voices. I simply cannot reconcile their statements, political alignments, agendas, or specific policy positions with the overwhelming witness of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
IS IT A BIG ENOUGH TENT? So, I am interested in what the steering committee of this "Evangelical Manifesto" has to say. I will be particularly interested if their perspective is inclusive of a Wesleyan-holiness ethic and compatible with my tradition's milieu. I can only hope the statement can go some way to helping those of us who think, believe and act evangelically (small "e" intended) to reclaim or redeem the term/identifier Evangelical (capital "E" intended) once again.
Again, here is the link to An Evangelical Manifesto.