10 Myths About Evangelical Christians

The word “evangelical” is used roughly to define Christians who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who consider Him their Lord and Savior, more or less attend church regularly, many partaking in bible studies, quiet time, and reading devotionals, pray regularly by self and in groups for themselves and for others, and who tend to be social conservatives (compared to the progressive ones who have nontraditional interpretation of the Bible). According to one article, evangelicalism is a “distinct worldwide movement, emphasizing the ‘born again’ experience, the infallibility of the Bible, salvation by faith in Jesus alone, the need to evangelize or spread their message, and the rapture of the church in the end times.”

Are we uneducated “red necks”?

Stereotypes of gun carrying White cowboys or farmboys are just that—stereotypes.  The truth is that we are a diverse group both denominationally and ethnically: “24 percent of evangelicals were members of ethnic minorities in 2014, up from 19 percent in 2007.” Evangelicals include Hispanic, Asian American, and African American Christians from various protestant denominations as well as Catholicism.  As a disclaimer, most Christians that I know who would be characterized as an evangelical, including myself, do not label ourselves as such or use this type of language.

Are we against science?

A great many evangelicals go into medicine, research, science, and other fields of higher academia. We do not see a discrepancy between scientific research/understanding and the historical accounts/worldview presented in the Bible. We see more of a collaboration toward truth, and that all scientific discoveries ultimately reveal God’s truth. Some may be young Earth creationists (roughly six thousand years) while others are old Earth (millions of years) creationists. Some believe in a global warming pattern being caused by man, while others believe the data point to natural cycles of climate change. What’s definite is not that these Christians are ignorant or lazy about pursuing science, any more than the general population are stupid or anti-intellectual, but that we are aware of the negative stigma that nonbelievers (especially political progressives prevalent in the mainstream media and popular culture) reap on us:  “Dumb Evangelicals Are Holding the US Hostage” and “Delusional religion has become delusional politics.”

Are we all Republicans?

We are multi-affiliated or not affiliated with political parties at all. Evangelicals, because we hold the Bible in highest regard, oftentimes get disillusioned by politicians and the double edge sword of political involvement. When we are involved, we tend to be socially conservative, labeling politicians as “RINOs” (Republican in name only) those who are reportedly on the political right, who may be fiscal or foreign policy conservatives but not theological conservatives. Although many of us may be politically charged, conservative, or Republican, we mostly don’t believe the main goal of the church is to be political. In fact, according to a Christian Post article, research shows that evangelicals who have the lowest level of church involvement are the most politically active.

Are we rich and powerful?

Although evangelical Whites are associated with the established, powerful political right, who unfortunately are seen by outsiders as being opposed to civil rights, equality and social justice, the truth is that they belong to a range of socioeconomic demographics.  And my observation is that most evangelicals do not feel rich or powerful. Frankly, for me and my fellow Christian moms, we spend our conversations discussing the job, the kids, the spouse, the latest local news, or what’s on sale. When evangelical men get together, I hear them talking about the same thing, minus the sale, plus sports, and plus the state of America.

Any extra time or funds go to church ministries, outreach to the local community, and missionary work. My church friends and I rarely talk politics and I still don’t know who anyone voted for in the last election and neither have I been asked by these friends (whom I socialize with weekly). While we may not be as politically active as our progressive counterparts, we care about the direction of society and there’s a whole lot of talk about our country “going to hell in a hand basket” and can’t wait for Jesus Christ to return and make things right: “Lord, come quickly.”

Are we hypocritical promoters of “family values”?

Most everyone knows that there’s no perfect person but few nonbelievers understand that being a Christian means that you will not do that perfectly. Just because we are firmly convicted with biblical teachings on marriage and sexuality and proclaim Christ, some of us even bravely sharing and inviting others to church, does not mean that our relationships are problem free. From time to time we struggle with either family of origins issues, trusting God and waiting for that special “soulmate” for us, or we are praying for our marriage and parenting to take a turn for the better. A good number of evangelicals are in nontraditional family structures–dealing with marital breakdown, divorce, or step-parenting issues. But the binding characteristic is that we all need God to give us hope and strength to do our relationships well. We don’t see hypocrisy when we do our best to live according to God’s values and we’re not ashamed to admit when we’ve failed. Also, we are not embarrassed by what God teaches in the Bible about holiness, family relationships, or righteousness.

Do we hate women/women’s rights?

We may not be marching or protesting, but be assured that we are quietly working behind the scenes, either at home or at the office, to improve our lives and those whom we love. The fact is that some of the most influential leaders are married women who have husbands, brothers, and sons. We see two sides of the coin, dare I say the yin and yang side? Male and female, no one is more evil than the other or less sinful than the other. We believe in both the law and grace. While we stand firmly against sexual harassment and abuse of power, for every #metoo, we know there’s a #himtoo not yet articulated.

Evangelical women are often overlooked or completely ignored by feminists because our biblical value system is so foreign. We value efforts to encourage each person to be the best that God created him or her to be. We do not believe that anyone is automatically a victim or innocent because of their group identity. We are not into identity politics because it is divisive and ultimately leaves out the hope, truth, and grace of God.

Do we hate immigrants?

Rather, the more pertinent question is should law breaking (i.e. a foreigner entering the country without legal permission) be allowed? If so, why have federal immigration laws? As a mother, I often subscribe to Love and Logic’s parenting approach: give children a big dose of empathy, but then let them experience the natural or logical consequences of their misbehaviors. If the kids break a conduct rule at school and get suspended, they will not be rescued by bigger, more powerful, loving mama because the real world operates on truth and natural consequences–tough love, Baby. There are consequences for rule breaking or defiance of authority (assuming the authority is God given, reasonable, not tyrannical). How can we teach “give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar” if folks raided Caesar’s home and then demanded that Caesar step down in the name of equality?

The truth is that the evangelical Christian congregations, in response to their deep faith, are the first to open their doors to immigrants when there’s a need and the federal government has issued green cards to foreign applicants. As a former refugee from a war torn country who was sponsored by a small Lutheran Church, helped by working and middle class Whites from a small Texas town, given a green card by the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service, now broken into three agencies) before I boarded the plane to America, I will not perpetuate the political propaganda leftists put out that evangelicals are anti-immigrants.

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Pg.2, East Meets West Parenting book

Most refugees and legal immigrants I know were sponsored to come to America by ordinary citizens, volunteers from Christian churches (Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, & other denominations). Today, the evangelicals I personally know are working to help get new immigrants on their feet, as a partnership with federal authorities. Others are donating their hard earned money or working overseas to meet the vulnerable where they are at, helping them with food, shelter, and the Word of God. This Christian charity may also include helping those who are already here without legal authorization.

Do we hate LGBTQ+ folks?

We pray for lgbtq+ neighbors like we pray for nonbelieving family members. Sometimes, this includes our spouse or children. We believe in what the bible names as sexual immorality, are keenly aware that we sin, too, in different ways, and we do not hate anyone. To be honest, yes, I’ve been hurt by some evangelical Christians. But to be fair, I, too, have I hurt others. Hurt people hurt people. This phrase really applies to people from all faith backgrounds, not just to evangelical Christians. Non-evangelicals don’t understand that we are merely advocating for religious freedom to peacefully practice our faith and live according to our conscience in this pluralistic environment without fear of punishment from the government. We are not suppressing anyone’s rights or imposing our values on anyone. The “hate” perception comes from a mistrust and misunderstanding between the two groups, leading each to politically arm against the other. How can Christian parents and pastors work to stem the tide of increasing fear and distrust without compromising our conscience?

Do we hate Muslims?

We pray for Muslims like we pray for nonbelieving neighbors. We hate crime and terrorism whether committed by US citizens or noncitizens, Christians or nonChristians. And we strive for law and order, desiring a stable and peaceful country. The various news sources reporting terroristic acts committed by radical extremes (maybe they aren’t true Muslims like the abortion clinic bombers are not true Christians?) cause us to fear being too open and vulnerable a society that we might naively bring upon our own doom and destruction.

Do we really suffer as much as everyone else?

In reality, evangelicals have our fair share of family dysfunctions, mental illness, health problems, financial problems, etc… The only difference is that we are more connected with each other through regular fellowship and prayers. Our biggest lifeline is prayer with a personal, loving, caring God. We have prayer chains because there’s a sweet fellowship with the Holy Spirit that only fellow believers will understand and benefit from. If you don’t already have access to this incredible lifeline, are you interested in learning more?

Can you think of any other myths of evangelical Christians? What myths would you like to see dispelled?

 

 

 

 

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  • Peter Bateman Mockridge

    https://www.evangelismcoach.org/14-bible-verses-on-welcoming-the-stranger/

    In these texts do I find the term legal. I am curious that this author seems quite willing to add non-Scriptural limitations to Biblical instructions.

  • Alan Drake

    As someone that was raised Southern Baptist in Alabama, and then renounced the “goat Christianity” (Matthew 25:31 et al), I found that several of your “myths” are actually reasonable descriptions of a large minority or majority of evangelicals.

    Ordained Baptist minister Edgar Ray Killen recently died in prison while serving time for having murdered three civil rights workers. He was not alone – white Baptist churches served as centers of organization to continue oppressing African-Americans. That spirit still lingers – see the very strong support for Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump and Roy Moore.

  • Thank you for your respectful question, and those are wonderful Scriptures. To clarify, I have clients whose parents are illegal immigrants. We have great working relationships because I treat them and their kids like any other client that walks through my office door. In the community, we interact with landscapists, maids, restaurant workers, church members (we have a big Spanish congregation, too), etc…who are most likely here undocumented. We neither question nor exclude, nor mistreat the alien among us. I even know of Asians who overstayed their work visas, because they’d rather live here undocumented than return to their native countries. We are not ICE or border patrol agents, but I’m grateful for their work and all those in uniform serving our country.

  • A thoughtful article, which I appreciate. I was once what you term “evangelical,” but have moved decidedly into what some now call the “progressive” side of the Christian faith. I would say I still consider myself evangelical, because the Gospel is Good News, and we are all called to share it. However, I no longer believe in the inerrancy of scripture, or that one must believe the historic doctrines of the Christian faith for salvation – I think God is much bigger than our small vision of God, but this is my opinion, and I could be wrong.

    I am not writing to debate your beliefs, but to invite you to reach across to us “other” Christians, whom you or other “evangelicals” may not even believe are Christian, and dialogue with us. Sadly, we Christians have let the media divide us for far too long, and politicians have used that division for their own purposes, which are definitely not in our best interests. You may find we may disagree on some things you write about, such as immigration and human sexuality, but we have our reasons, based on our Christian faith, just as you have yours. Neither of us have anything to gain by calling the other names.

    I am glad a church sponsored you to enter this country! You should tell churches like mine how we, too, can get involved in this effort.

  • Thanks for your comment. Yes, our nation’s history includes some horrific racism. I’m glad the tide has turned and those folks who committed those heinous acts of injustice are no longer alive, they’re behind bars, or living quietly in hiding. But I believe the challenge now is how to respond to past & current injustice without causing a new class of marginalized people (righting the wrong with another form of wrong).

  • Also, if you’re interested, a good discussion of what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God can be found in Nicholas Wolterstorff’s The Mighty and Amighty book.

  • Peter Bateman Mockridge

    Thanks for your response.

    I guess my problem is that we are quite willing, in this country, to ignore bits and pieces of Scriptural directives, when they are not convenient. As an aside, I would expect you to treat individuals as you indicate that you do – after all, LCSW is a profession that demands it. Still, I think it does no one any good, at all, to depersonalize our immigrants by grouping them all together and labeling them with a term that, while accurate, causes even those with the right papers but the wrong skin color to live a fearful existence. The Sheriff in the West – Arpaio – seemed quite willing to harass folks of color in his county. And for the present President to have labelled all Mexican immigrants (legal or illegal) is such pejorative terms while campaigning merely fuels the fires of otherness. Given the fertility rates of white Americans, we are increasing dependent on folks of color for labor of all sorts – but particularly for the harvesting of food. I realize that I am not in safe territory for someone who believes as I do (and certainly your thoughtful response serves to settle my discomfort) . . . Peter B Mockridge

  • Thank you for your kind words and invitation to dialogue. I blogged about Let’s Dialogue Not Debate last year. You can google refugee services in your local community to find out how to get your church involved. Also, contact the NACSW.org president, Rick Chamiec-Case, whose church is doing the same. ✌️

  • Thank you for that information! My wife is a social worker, also, so I appreciate what you do for “the least of these” in our society. Blessings to you!

  • bill wald

    The mere fact that you don’t consider yourself a plain old Protestant Christian divides you from main line Protestant Christianity as a “special” sub-set of all Protestant denominations. Those who are satisfied to recognize that all Christians are “evangelical” e.g. accept the truth of Christianity as “good news” tend to see those who make a special claim of being “evangelical” as a right wing sect who feel theologically and morally superior to the rest of us.

  • mikegillespie

    Ugly old fggot

  • I’m just using the word evangelical for the purpose of this blog. I’m not against myself being called plain old Christian, protestant Christian, Baptist, nondenominational, or born again Christian, etc…

  • Ivlia Vespasia

    A nice balanced article but why the assumption that only protestants believe in Christ. I attend a church with a very small congregation, maybe as many as 20 on a Sunday (due in a large part to a single family with 6 kids) and there are often only 3 or 4 during the week. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, all attend church regularly, all have a close and personal relationship with Christ, and all fit your description of evangelical. The problem is that the majority of those who attend are brothers, Benedictine to be precise, with a small number of regular lay people who attend regularly. We are certainly all conservative but we are also all Catholic. You, and certainly the comment writers, do a disservice to all those who believe, have a close personal relationship with Christ and who attend church regularly, are conservative yet are not protestant. I don’t just refer to the Catholic Church but also the Russian, Eastern and Greek Orthodox churches because we fit all of the criteria listed above for evangelical except for the unmentioned (in the article) protestant side. Please remember that you don’t have to be protestant to be evangelical, I know a number of people who fit into the perceived mould yet don’t fit the general mould mentioned in the comments. Great article, especially as my best friend is a refugee from Bosnia (though she is a Mormon married to a Muslim). It is worth noting that not all illegal immigrants do it knowingly, my son-in-law unknowingly became an illegal after the stamp in his passport was smudged and we all read the date incorrectly. Luckily those in charge understood and renewed his work permit (and right to stay) without any trouble.

  • Peter Bateman Mockridge

    What does welcoming the stranger have to do with rendering unto Caesar . . .

  • Thank you for your thoughtful post. I grew up in an evangelical church and school, and once I went to college, I moved toward progressive Christianity. The church I was in focused on Christianity as being a better person, serving others, volunteering, etc., without so much focus on sin and hell and so forth that I had experienced in evangelical Christianity. Later down the road I became an agnostic atheist where I am today, just to let you know where I’m coming from.

    I agree with you 100% that we cannot paint entire groups of people with broad brush strokes. Growing up in TN and living in NJ for the past 25 years, I cannot stand it when I hear people say Southerners are all dumb rednecks. It simply is not true, the same as you said that all evangelicals are not rednecks or uneducated. I know a lot of educated evangelicals.

    As for evangelicals being “anti-science”, I think people are thinking of the swath of evangelicals who believe that the creation story is 100% true and that evolution is not; the groups that want the Christian creation story taught in public schools, the Ken Ham crowd. While my Christian school taught the creation story and kept us from learning about evolution, my church kept a neutral stance on that subject. Also, remember when evangelicals were in an uproar about stem cell research. Also, there can be a tendency for some evangelicals using the “god of the gaps” explanation for things that we have not yet discovered/answered yet – instead of saying, “we don’t know yet” some evangelicals say “it’s God”. So, I think these are some of the reasons non-evangelicals believe evangelicals are anti-science.

    The Republican question – the vast majority of evangelicals that I know (and I still have friends from my past and family who are evangelicals) tend to vote Republican most of the time. Not always, but a lot. The whole Roy Moore thing didn’t help either where more than 80% voters who identified themselves as evangelical voted for Roy Moore, an accused molester. Many evangelicals vote for a candidate who identifies as anti-abortion, and some evangelicals I know personally are single-issue voters on this issue. Not all evangelicals are, and I noticed in the 2016 Presidential election some evangelicals I knew who were 100% pro Trump, some were 100% quiet, and some vocally supported “3rd party” candidates.

    Rich and powerful – I’m not sure where that came from! All the evangelicals that I knew/know were from all over the socio-economic spectrum.

    Women’s Rights: Some evangelicals follow complementarianism in which they believe that God made men and women to have certain characteristics and to fulfill certain gender-based roles. While they state that they are equal, in reality they are NOT as the husband is to have authority over the wife. Period. This is not equality, this is a hierarchy. I watched my grandparents struggle with this issue – my grandmother thought she was supposed to be a submissive wife, and my grandfather wanted nothing to do with this – he wanted his partner wife back. Then there’s the issue of abortion rights. There is a misconception that everyone who supports abortion rights thinks that abortion is a good thing – we do not – we just do not want women to have to go through the burden of individual legislation when they feel they need to have an abortion. We want to see more focus on reproductive education and access to affordable birth control. Abortion rates have actually decreased since the ACA (and more access to affordable birth control) was instated (whatever we may think of ACA itself). Then there’s the issue that some evangelicals judge single pregnant women as “sinful” instead of helping these women (financially and emotionally) who do have their children to survive in a difficult situation of being single mothers.

    Immigration: I think many of us agree that people should come to USA legally and go through the legal process towards citizenship or permanent legal resident status. The problem is that many of us can’t figure out what to do about the people who are here illegally. It’s a big issue that is neither an evangelical nor a non-evangelical issue. It’s everyone’s issue.

    It is true that most evangelical churches teach that homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals should abstain from all sexual activity outside of heterosexual married sex. I personally have friends and relatives who were disowned by their evangelical families when they came out as homosexuals. Therefore, I am not surprised that a lot of people think evangelicals “hate” LBGTQ+ people. From evangelicals I have spoken with about this issue, they don’t “hate” homosexuals, they just want them to live a life of celibacy. They do not want to address the issue of whether people are born that way or not, and they do not LBGTQ+ people to have relationships let alone marriages. I do not know if that is true of all evangelicals, but for the ones I know personally that is true. But it’s not a hatred.

    Hating Muslims: It is true in evangelicalism that the teaching is that anyone who isn’t a “saved” Christian is lost. Obviously, this includes Muslims (as well as Jews, Hindus, atheists, Jainists, Buddhists, etc….). Those of us outside the evangelical fold feel that we are being judged as sinful, broken, “other”. As for Muslims specifically, there are some fundamentalist Muslims who believe that Allah tells them to kill infidels. Look back at Christian history at the crusades, and that fundamentalist thought is similar. But of course, not all Muslims subscribe to this notion, as the vast majority of Christians would not support this either. But I think that evangelicals should be aware that we non-evangelicals do feel that we are being judged by evangelicals as being inferior, sinful, dirty, “unsaved” when we do not believe this of ourselves because we do not subscribe to the same belief system as evangelicals.

    As for suffering, all humans suffer. Bad things happen to good people. We all suffer. It’s up to us to help our fellow humans through their suffering.

    Again, thank you for your thoughtful post. I hope that we all, regardless of our religion or lack thereof, can continue to have respectful conversations and trading of ideas.

  • JA Myer

    great article! it is always good to see thoughtful articles being written. While personally I am not an Evangelical nor for that matter a Christian, I am a student of spirituality of all types including Evangelical Christianity. And what I have found in my experience is this; people who SELF identify as Evangelical are very often the most strident in their attacks on people they feel are different or what they call sinners. The vast majority of Evangelicals (again in MY experience) are just hard hearted and mean. Not always though, I have one co-worker who identifies himself as an Evangelical who is one of the nicest honest and good people I have ever known, not because he agrees with me on matters of politics or social issues (we don’t on much) but because he genuinely comes from a place of love first above all else. And in conversation with him we have found common ground, we share the same love for our families, and our country and even our love of the divine as we each perceive that divine. We have not changed either of our minds, he hasn’t joined with me and marched for Mother Earth and I have not joined his pro-life vigil but we have worked together down at the food shelf. I think he’s less of an Evangelical and much more of a great Christian than he realizes. peace and Blessed Be.

  • Kyllein MacKellerann “

    While this is informative, it also comes across as arrogant. How? By showing how Evangelicals have zero willingness to accept that others may have working and effective religious outlooks that differ from their own. Hence the prayer for their concept of Deity to “change” the minds of those who are not as they are. It is a very thin wall that separates a desire for others to be as oneself from the actions of forcing others to live according to one particular set of religious beliefs. They may claim that all they do is pray, but that prayer affects their interactions with others who are not as they are. They also skirt Hypocrisy by demanding religious freedom to pursue their lives while by prayer seeking to cause others to conform to their belief systems.
    The author may be as meek as can be, but what is declared in this article is an active intent to force others to conform to the author’s religion. Risky at best and too often the path for power seekers to gain power. Tolerance is zero for other mind sets.

  • Zero tolerance is not loving or realistic when we are fallen humans living among fallen humans. Prayers for someone is not about getting them to “change” their minds. It is the utmost form of love because it takes time, energy, thought, care, & submission—all this as opposed to apathy. Prayer is not arguing, debating, convincing, coercing, etc… thanks for engaging.

  • Peter Bateman Mockridge

    “Praying” for someone else’s conversion to one’s own perspective does lead the person being prayed for feeling a bit more incomplete than the one who is praying. It’s kind of like the Mormons entering the names of Jews and others post mortem into their vaults to assure their eternal life. I am quite willing to let that final determination reside with the transcendent and not be based on Scripture, written or recorded by men from the late 1st century and for which only translations of translations of translations (an almost infinite regression) with clearly documentable variances among the various sources depending in part upon the audience to which the author was directing his comments. It’s the inerrant/infallible issue again . . .

  • Peter Bateman Mockridge

    While I appreciate your approach, Kim, I have trouble with the fallen terminology. Read Matthew Fox’s Original Blessing for another take. I’ll sign out now, since I think that we would continue to launch statements of position toward each other’s positions. I have fallen away from Christianity, which I see as a Pauline religion less about what Jesus taught (The Way), and more about what one is supposed to believe about Jesus (doctrines, and creeds designed to delimit the eligibility of folks to be Christian). I do consider myself as a Jesusian. Best. Peter B.

  • Myles

    If you need a two thousand year old book of fairy tales to tell you the difference between right and wrong you are one sick puppy.
    Morality, like reality and honesty, has nothing to do with religion.
    Religion, based on lies and intolerance, has no idea of what is morally right or wrong.
    Since there are thousands of gods and yours lacks even the basics of reality, perhaps you should choose another god. Since your was the latest of the Sun-gods, perhaps you could create another that is more realistic, believable and maybe even moral and decent.
    jesusneverexisted.com

  • Myles

    If prayer works, why do seven million children starve to death, every year? Does your god not hear their prayers or does it enjoy their suffering?

  • bill wald

    Nothing personal . . . in the real world, people who call themselves “Evangelical Christians” are seen as right wing fanatics. There are many old, traditional words whose meaning has been reversed in this century. “Discrimination” is an obvious example.

  • Good question, asked by so many, including Christians. I heard this was a good book to deal with that question but you might find be able to find others as well: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/cr/0736970444/ref=mw_dp_cr

  • Myles

    Try jesusneverexisted.com

  • Linda Coleman Allen

    I think that there is a terrible problem with immigration in America today. The Statue of Liberty is meant to be a great way to welcome people to our country. Legally. And legally is the only way that anyone should enter this country. I fully support all illegal immigrants being deported. America is a wonderful place to live and I understand that others want to live here. But I don’t want criminals from other countries, and when you break immigration laws you are a criminal. We have enough criminals of our own. I have been taught that charity begins at home. And, yes, I first heard this in a Baptist Church as a child. I still believe this. There are many U.S. citizens that are going through hard times due to any number of unfortunate things that have happened in their lives. September 11, 2001, brought a tremendous change to this country, and the way many view people from the Middle East. I want to see U.S. citizens receiving the help they need first, not illegal immigrants. This is a rich country and the Bible says there is to be no poor among us. We are to welcome the foreigner and give aid, but not to cast our pearls before swine. I am old now, and have learned that I do not like most of the people that I meet in churches. I have a close personal relationship with God, Jesus is my Savior, and the Holy Spirit dwells in me.

  • Linda Coleman Allen

    I think that there is a terrible problem with immigration in America today. The Statue of Liberty is meant to be a great way to welcome people to our country. Legally. And legally is the only way that anyone should enter this country. I fully support all illegal immigrants being deported. America is a wonderful place to live and I understand that others want to live here. But I don’t want criminals from other countries, and when you break immigration laws you are a criminal. We have enough criminals of our own. I have been taught that charity begins at home. And, yes, I first heard this in a Baptist Church as a child. I still believe this. There are many U.S. citizens that are going through hard times due to any number of unfortunate things that have happened in their lives. September 11, 2001, brought a tremendous change to this country, and the way many view people from the Middle East. I want to see U.S. citizens receiving the help they need first, not illegal immigrants. This is a rich country and the Bible says there is to be no poor among us. We are to welcome the foreigner and give aid, but not to cast our pearls before swine. I am old now, and have learned that I do not like most of the people that I meet in churches. I have a close personal relationship with God, Jesus is my Savior, and the Holy Spirit dwells in me. I am also a Democrat and have absolutely no use for Donald Trump.

  • Peter Bateman Mockridge

    Ms. Coleman, I have scanned that poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty pretty carefully. Nowhere do I find the word “legal”. Just as in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, welcoming the alien is not qualified with the word “legal” either.

  • Daniel G. Johnson

    Okay, Kim. Who did you vote for in 2016? 2012? 2008?

  • Julie Mattison

    I don’t believe that all the rioters in Charlottesville were jailed, just the murderer. Why do you insist that you’re “glad the tide has turned and those folks who committed those heinous acts of injustice are no longer alive…” Racism and misogyny no longer exist? Sorry, but I found this blog to be deliberately superficial with a good coat of whitewash.

  • Etranger

    Under the paragraph “Do We hate LGBTQ+ Folks” we find this sentence: “We are not suppressing anyone’s rights or imposing our values on anyone.”

    I thought that was quaint 🙂 Please review the past 20+ years of evangelical Christian activism (i.e., money spent) against LGBTQ folks and consider re-writing that paragraph.

  • ravitchn

    Evangelical Christianity revolves around the belief that God or Jesus really cares about you. He doesn’t!!!