...Continued from here.
Let me ask you a question: What does an evangelical look like?
‘Evangelical’ is just a label that bible believing Christians like us use for ourselves. It’s taken from the word ‘evangel’ which means ‘gospel’. An evangelical just means a ‘gospel person.’ So what does an evangelical look like?
The scandal is – everyone knows what an evangelical looks like.
Ned Flanders. We know it. The world knows it. Evangelicals look like white, middle-class, suburban, university educated, irritating, sanctimonious nerds.
Did you know that most of the world is not white, middle-class, suburban, university educated and nerdy? So what would an evangelical look like then?
Would you look like a Muslim to win Muslims?
Would you become a biker to win bikers?
Robed to win the robe lovers?
A chav to win chavs?
Here is a protestor outside the strip clubs of New Orleans. Is this the evangelical position towards the sex trade?
Here's XXXchurch handing out 'Jesus Loves Porn Stars' Bibles. They distribute thousands of New Testaments with this cover to pornographers and enthusiasts at porn shows across America.
All things to all people that by all possible means we might save some.
Here's the point: If evangelicalism starts to be visibly identifiable as a certain cultural / religious movement it’s actually betrayed the evangel – the gospel – that supposedly shapes it.
That is the stunning implication of 1 Corinthians 9
To be continued...