The Evangelical Evolution

More

Christianism may be waning. Christianity cannot be trashed so easily. A reader writes:

I grew up in a typical evangelical household, and now attend Gordon College in Massachusetts, a non denominational evangelical college. As sort of a political news junkie, I read your blog regularly, and I frequently appreciate your analysis on the Christian Right, and their pull (albeit a but waning) on the political climate. Here at Gordon, I've met scores of students who grew up just like me, who were taught to exclude and condemn homosexuals, democrats, hippies, liberals, "secularists", etc. Gladly, I've found that most of my peers, while at school and as they grow in both spiritual and intellectual faculties, question the way they were brought up, the way they were taught to think. Many, like me, wonder why we were sold a "brand" of Christianity, complete with books, ideologies, and political parties.

I began to search for something deeper, and more meaningful, and found that the typical evangelical was not presenting his/her faith in a way that Jesus would be pleased with. The thing is, as Christians, were called to love, to love hippies, liberals, conservatives, homosexuals, and crack addicts as we love ourselves. Deriving from this framework of unconditional love, a new breed of political liberal evangelicals is certainly developing. Concern for God's creation, social justice, and peace have been issues that "new" evangelicals have championed. Gay marriage, abortion, and hawkish war policies, seem to drift from Christ's central message of unconditional love. Many evangelicals fear being "secular". But more of us believe that being "secular" in this sense is embracing consumerism and assuming that America is the greatest nation on earth. There is a change coming, and quietly, there are actually a sizeable number of Obama supporters here.

Jump to comments

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Death of Film: After Hollywood Goes Digital, What Happens to Movies?

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down