Tony Campolo and some other liberal evangelicals have started a movement they call “Red Letter Christians.” The term comes from the convention in many editions of the Bible to print the words of Jesus in red.
Red Letter Christians believe that Christianity should be about following the words of Jesus, rather than getting involved in theological disputes, culture war issues, and right wing politics. Rather, followers of the words of Jesus will be advocates for the poor, promote tolerance, and be “counter-cultural.”
Read the descriptions and the Value Statement from the Red Letter Christian website. Then consider questions like these: Do the words of Jesus support liberal politics any more than they support conservative politics? Do the red letters in the Bible really promote all of these values? Today, aren’t the conservatives the ones who are “counter-cultural,” with liberals following the cultural trends? Doesn’t Jesus say some things that go against this social gospel? What are the theological problems with lifting out the words of Jesus at the expense of the rest of the Bible? [Read more…]