The term “Evangelical Christians” is often misunderstood and misused to describe a cohort of right-wing white supremacist religionists who our president identifies as his supporters and who have adapted to or agreed with his personal values.

This is an unfortunate and dangerous movement that has nothing to do with the Biblical message of the evangelical good news of the coming of Jesus into the world to save us from sin and call us to join him in his mission to help the poor and needy. 

The Bible affirms that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” God’s love reigns in Christians’ relationships with all his people.

The accurate description of an “Evangelical Christian” Church is a community of believers committed to sharing the good news of the Gospel with all peoples and to work for their well being.

Jesus’ own words in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel are clear:

“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

The vast majority of mainline Christians and churches seek to obey Jesus’ mandate — and thus are “evangelical.” Evangelical means good news.

Praise God for the good news of the Gospel and for all who seek to be true evangelicals for Christ.

 
David Tritenbach is a retired Presbyterian minister. 

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