Many young Christians who are adamant about their faith reject the label “evangelical” or “Christian” altogether today. That’s because we don’t want our faith identified with this weird Christian nationalism that’s swept the nation. We would rather have people find out about our beliefs through our actions and kind words rather than getting lumped in supporting child molesters.
Laying my cards on the table, I’m disgusted by so-called leaders within my faith making political power grabs. I think it’s sad and pathetic other prominent pastors haven’t called out white supremacy or denounced the growing Christian Nationalism movement. The whole thing is so contrary to the Christian faith it’s almost laughable if it wasn’t so sad and corrosive. Jesus was a man who rejected political power and informed his disciples that his Kingdom would be brought about through their love for each other and their neighbors. That ideal and command was how they were to change the world. The Apostle Paul reiterates this throughout his letters to the church and reminds them, “Hey, act accordingly.” In antiquity, the early church had no power and multiplied, but as with everything, when a movement catches fire, the wolves move in as well.
That term — “evangelical” — is the one the media likes to use when depicting Christians who are serious about their faith. Yet, most Christians can’t even tell you what the term means. Instead, the terminology has been corrupted and co-opted into a form a nationalism and political identity.