Some evangelicals are fighting back. While some in that camp (e.g., Al Mohler and Robert Jeffress) think it’s super, super important that everyone know that Mormon are not Christians, other evangelicals are offering a more graceful, inclusive vision of Christianity. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller, has a piece on CNN about Mormonism, and now Kurt Frederickson* has a post on Fuller’s Burner Blog about evangelicalism as he understands it:
I am an evangelical. It defines the way I think (my orthodoxy), how I act (my orthopraxy), and how I relate to God, to others and my world (my orthopathy). This is a joyful and hopeful way of being a Christian. An evangelical loves God greatly, and seeks to serve others and bless the world. An evangelical is eager to engage in a community of faith that worships and encourages discipleship, and engages in mission around the world and in a neighborhood. This is that faith that is part of my heritage. This is the brand of Christianity that I have chosen. I am proud to be an evangelical.But a crime has been committed. I am an evangelical, and I have been robbed. [Read the rest at Help, I’ve Been Robbed! « The Burner.]
Kurt’s definition of evangelical: “An evangelical is someone who is transformed by the person and work of Jesus Christ, finds the Bible to be authoritative for life and doctrine and practice, and actively works to make the world better.” I can fit under that definition. Can you?
*Full disclosure: Kurt directs the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Seminary, and I teach in that program.