If words had legal rights, this one could bring serious charges of abuse and misuse!
The word I have in mind is “evangelical.” Once upon a time, the word was used to describe one who proclaimed good news. Nothing more, nothing less. However over the years, the word has been hijacked and turned into something much different. So today, I’d like to spend a few minutes setting the record straight.
First and foremost, evangelical is NOT a synonym for a political party. A genuine evangelical is not primarily concerned with who occupies the White House or controls the Senate. In addition, the top thing on the mind of a genuine evangelical is not your stance on various social issues. (Although most will have their opinions).
Boiled down to its essence, here is the ONE thing that defines a biblical evangelical – they want everyone to find a right relationship with God through faith in Christ. That’s it. They won’t try to win an argument. They won’t hold out an endless list of rules. They won’t mobilize you to vote. No. With absolute love for the heart and soul of their fellow man, they will tell others to repent of their sins and turn to God.
If it could be explained in a single sentence, Mark 6:12 does a great job. After Jesus sent His 12 disciples out, we read:
So the disciples went out, telling everyone they met to repent of their sins and turn to God.
Each of us should have this same level of care and concern for our fellow man. The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. And only hearts at rest with God have true peace. Help those within your reach find it! –Dave
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