Are we far enough removed from the RHE debates that it’s safe to highlight her most recent post? Because she’s got some good things to say about ‘The Real Evangelical Disaster’. To wit:
This, I believe, is the real evangelical disaster—not that Barack Obama is president and Mitt Romney is not, but that evangelicalism has gotten so enmeshed with politics its success or failure can be gauged by an election.
And then later on:
Want to win young people back to evangelicalism?
Then start preaching the Gospel again.
Start preaching the gospel that Jesus Christ is Lord and Caesar is not.
Start preaching the gospel that drew both tax collectors and zealots—political enemies— to Jesus’ side.
Start preaching the gospel that God so loved the world that God became flesh and lived among us, taught among us, loved among us, died among us, and rose again among us.
Start preaching the gospel that through Jesus, we find reconciliation with God and with one another.
Start preaching the gospel that they will know we are Christians by our love—not by our votes, not by our protest signs, not by our power, not by our campaign contributions—but by our love.
[A lot of annoying formatting was conveniently lost in the copy/paste.]
Now, it doesn’t hold a theological candle to our friend Alistair’s recent four-part, 15000-word definition of evangelicalism, but it’s a good popular-level statement that I’d send to a bunch of people in my church if I didn’t fear pot-stirring quite so much.