Will the Real Evangelicals, Please Stand Up

Evangelical.

The word has been thrown around so much that now, like a dirty dish rag, it lies worn-down, lifeless, and soaked in such thick cultural grime that it’s unrecognizable. Not only do actions speak louder than words, actions define them.

The term “evangelical” is translated from the Greek εὐαγγέλιον [euangelion] and means good message, or good news. Evangelicals, by definition, are people that proclaim. But proclaim what? Evangelicals should be people that declare with loud voices in magnifying power the good news of Jesus. Not the good news of themselves or their accomplishments or their own self-worth, but the good news of Jesus’ rescue mission to rescue humanity from their own destruction.

The gospel is the declaration that God Himself, Jesus Christ, came into the world to save sinners [1 Timothy 1:15]. As Evangelicals, we know what the gospel means, or at least we should. We understand that God came to save us even when we hated him. Even when we were wrought with sin and disobedience. But Evangelicals need to learn, just like Paul in 1 Timothy, that Christ came into the world to save sinners, and that includes each one of us. There’s a deeply personal aspect to gospel confession and proclamation that we have lost. It’s as if we can recite the gospel message but abandoned any conviction that we are in need of that gracious hope every second of every day.

Which begs the response, as Evangelicals we must give our voice to proclaim the truth of the true gospel, the universal good news that God has come to rescue and redeem the broken, flawed, and hopeless.

This is what it means to be an Evangelical. Evangelical is not about one party, one president. It is about one King. It is about proclaiming the good news, not of one particular candidate winning or one losing, but the news that all parties fall under the weight of Jesus’ glory and his mission to seek and save the lost, heal the sick, and repair the broken.

Evangelicals serve those in need because they have been served greatly and graciously by the sacrifice of Jesus.

Evangelicals care deeply for those living beside them and working with them because they have been cared for by God himself.

Evangelicals empathize broadly because without the grandeur of God’s own humility, they would be without hope, in darkness, broken, and lost.

 

Evangelicals need to remember that Christ came to save sinners, and that includes each one of us.

 

Evangelicals listen intently because God in Christ listens to His children when they come to Him.

Evangelicals fight with purpose for those that need protection and defense because Christ, our advocate, fought for our lives when we weren’t deserving.

Evangelicals speak up loudly for those that don’t have a voice because Christ pleads our cause for our sake to the Father even still.

Evangelicals forgive graciously because God has once for all forgiven us in Christ.

Evangelicals seek restoration furiously because God sent His Son, Christ, to restore us back to himself.

Evangelicals welcome warmly because God through the work of Jesus has welcomed grave sinners, his enemies, into His family.

Evangelicals live, work, rest, and engage with unbelievable humility because of the humility shown towards them in the life, death, and resurrection of the Savior.

Evangelicals lose with confidence because nothing this side of Christ’s glorious return is the end of hope because the grave of Jesus lay empty.

Evangelicals win with meekness because the greatest and most important victory of all was accomplished on our behalf, not by our effort but by Christ the King.

This is an Evangelical. This is what it means to coat our entire lives in the grace and mercy of Christ so that by our actions and the way we treat others, all glory goes to Christ, not ourselves.

 

 

Jonathan C. Edwards (@NotThePuritan)

Jonathan (M.Div, Th.M) is the Director of Curriculum for Docent Research Group. He is the author of "Left: The Struggle to Make Sense of Life When a Parent Leaves," available now!

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