For the past few years, the respect for evangelical Christians has plummeted. One survey that asked the participants to rank people from most to the least desirable found that evangelicals ranked only one level higher than prostitutes. Why is this happening? Is it because they don't want to hear and/or don't like our message of redemption through the blood of Christ? Well, they might not like it, or perhaps some would - IF they heard it. Somewhere in the 1980's and 90's many evangelical churches lost their message. So, instead of being despised and disrespected for the right message, perhaps it's because of the wrong one?
1976 was a watershed year in many respects. It was the 200th bicentenniel of the nation, but also in that year a Christian musical was circulating in the churches. "If My People" brought together Christians from every stripe to follow II CHronicles 7:14 - if we pray and fast God would turn an increasing wicked country around. Oops. We seemed to forget the "humbling ourselves" part of that Scriptural passage. At least that is my interpretation as to one reason why the country didn't suddenly and magically change. So, by the late 70's much of the evangelical community got behind those who said "we must legislate morals to change the country. We must take over the government." And so, the Christian Right was born. Sadly, 30 years later, they have failed. But people outside of the evangelical community think this is our message - set up a government with the Ten Commandments and persecute abortionists and homosexuals. I'm not saying we are all in favor of this - I'm just repeating what seems to be the prevailing notion from the unbelieving community about us.
The upshot of this? I just wished we would be despised for our real message
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