Showing posts from June, 2016

Evangelicalism is not a Christian Religion

Because religions are transcendent. Evangelicals are probably the most united movement of Christianity in history. They account for a quarter of all Americans making them the largest religious demographic in the country. And the fact that they're not even a real denomination only makes them all the more impressive. For those who don't know, there is no Evangelical Church. There is no central leadership to evangelicalism as a whole. It is barely a loose confederation made up of dozens of other  Christian denominations and independent Bible churches. But none of these denominations answer to each other on doctrinal matters, and none of them speak for evangelicalism any more than the others. Yet, their size alone indicates that their unity must come from something, if not strong leadership. The National Association of Evangelicals claims that their unity comes from a commitment to certain ideals: Biblical authority Evangelism Christ's sacrifice Exclusivi

It's Not Safe to Be a Christian

Because it's not supposed to be. I'm not gonna lie: when I first heard about the shooting in Orlando last week, I immediately checked Franklin Graham's Facebook to see what heinous thing he had said in Jesus name this time. No joke, June 13, 2016 was the first time I have ever seen Franklin Graham show compassion for the gay community:     Ok, it's not the strongest display of support, but he did use the word "tragic" to describe their deaths, unlike some other pastors . But if you look closely, you'll see why. The only reason Franklin Graham offered any sympathy to the victims and families in Orlando is because the perpetrator was Muslim. The only type of people that evangelicals hate more than gays are Muslims. Gay people just want to molest our children or turn them gay, but Muslims want to kill all of us. We can't protect our children if they're dead, so we'll have to get the gays later (I worked at a Christian radio station for a

Saving More Lives is a Terrible Reason to Ban Guns

Regulating evil is not justice. June 12, 2016 was the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history and the worst terror attack since 9/11. And with that event have come the usual suspects. In one corner is the conservative (ish) presidential hopeful who quickly placed the blame on immigration: Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016 In the other is the liberal Christian pastor calling for more gun control: I won't get into Trump's asinine comments because national security isn't worth selling our humanity, compassion, and soul. But John Pavlovitz not only called for stricter gun laws in his repost from last fall, he called out the condolences of dissenters as hollow. Now I'm all for stricter gun laws to a certain extent. It's absurd that a motor vehicle license is more difficult to a

If Alcohol is Evil, Then Rapists Are Innocent

And Brock Turner's father was right. On January 18, 2015, alcohol assaulted an unconscious, 22-year-old woman with the intent to rape. By now, everyone should know that's not true. Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student and competitive swimmer, was the young man convicted on three counts of sexual offense. However, according Brock's father, his son is not ultimately responsible. In a letter to the presiding judge , Dan Turner wrote of his son, "it's clear that Brock was desperately trying to fit in at Stanford and fell into the culture of alcohol consumption and partying." The higher education boogeyman strikes again. Evangelicalism may be one of the few vestiges of Prohibition culture left, but they're not the only ones who like to blame alcohol for society's woes. Most people, Christians and non-Christians alike, will talk about how it lowers their inhibitions. They'll share all of their crazy, drunken stories of

Liberal Christians are Terrible Theologians

Saying the right things doesn't mean you can't look stupid doing it. Becoming a liberal Christian was a very gradual process for me. But it wasn't because conservative evangelicalism was so darn compelling. It was because liberal Christianity was so unconvincing. Most liberal Christian arguments appear to suffer from reverse hermeneutics, meaning that they started with the premise they wanted to prove and then Googled some Bible verses. They lack coherence and context, and they read like a term paper by a recently-saved high schooler who just discovered a concordance. Let's be honest, if you're a liberal Christian and you went up against an average evangelical in theological fisticuffs, they would eat you for lunch. While you were scratching your head over  Blue Like Jazz , they were parsing Koine Greek verbs. This doesn't make them right, but it certainly puts them in a different weight class. For example, take this quote from Rachel Held Evans&