The label “Evangelical” is being bantered around like a ping pong ball in this election year by politicians seeking to court a perceived “Evangelical” voting block.
One of my readers brought up an interesting perspective on the use of “Evangelical” to describe a constituent group. If someone asked me if I were an evangelical, I would first ask how the person defines “evangelical”. The National Association of Evangelicals says, “The term ‘evangelical’ comes from the Greek word euangelion, meaning ‘the good news’ or the ‘gospel.’ Thus, the evangelical faith focuses on the “good news” of salvation brought to sinners by Jesus Christ.”
I’ve observed that the mainstream media, some socialists and non-believers alike seem to bounce around their concept of “evangelical” and “Christian” and then lump both into a singular category of undesirable, extreme fanatics. Didn’t they think Jesus was extreme and radical as well? Many of the “religious” folks in His day thought He was undesirable.
What’s an authentic follower of Jesus to do? Please don’t bounce me around and call me an evangelical or a Christian. I prefer to think of myself as an authentic follower of Jesus, one of His disciples, and a lover of His word.