Good Morning March 18

I am coming to dislike the word evangelical. Oh, it is a great word in itself. It means those centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and desiring to share the truth of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. But in the political climate of our day, and the current election cycle, it is bandied about by the media as a voting block. Evangelicals become a group to be courted for political purposes, all the while stirring hope in Christians that we will get one in office who is on our side. This was never the desire of Jesus or the early church. Christians are to be a witness to the love of God in fallen and pagan world. Today a candidate can wave a Bibles in the air supposedly proving they support Christian truths, yet with a lifestyle that denies them. They can predict violence from their followers if things don’t go their way. There is nothing Christian in such rantings. We are not a voting block to be courted by anyone. We are believers in the One who said “come unto me… for I am gentle and humble in heart.”(Matthew 11:28-29) “Take up your cross and follow me”(Mt.16:24) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”(John 13:34) That is evangelical, and we seek to live it regardless of who is in power.

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