Christian, Baptist, Evangelical? Just call me a Jesus follower (then again, maybe not)
Baptist historian Bill Leonard, in his brilliantly insightful way,recently called attention to the multiple problems in identifying as an evangelical today. What does it mean to be an evangelical? Leonard shared how a “religiously unaffiliated” friend asked him, “Aren’t you evangelicals just the Republican party at prayer?” Leonard points out that with over 75 percent of self-identified evangelicals deciding to vote for Trump the term has been emptied of its historical significance. Dr. Leonard is content to simply be known as a Christian and a Baptist. But what do these terms mean in today’s topsy-turvy religious world?
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