I Agree with Rachel Held Evans

maxresdefaultWhile I may disagree with author, speaker, and popular blogger Rachel Held Evans on a number of issues–on the following–I agree with her 100%:

The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord, that Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again. You’re not “contending for the gospel” when you disagree with someone on gender roles. You’re just disagreeing with someone on gender roles. You’re not “contending for the gospel” when you debate predestination and free will. You’re just debating predestination and free will, as Christians have done for centuries. You’re not “contending for the gospel” by interpreting Genesis 1 as literal science; you’re just interpreting Genesis 1 as literal science. You’re not “contending for the gospel” when you take to Twitter to call faithful Christians with whom you disagree heretics, false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing, Bible-haters, and gospel-deniers; you’re just being a jerk. The Gospel doesn’t need a coalition devoted to keeping the wrong people out. It needs a family of sinners-saved-by-grace committed to tearing down the walls, throwing open the doors and saying, “Welcome. There’s bread and wine. Come and eat. Let’s talk.” (source, emphasis added)

Thanks, Rachel.  Yes, too often we have confused the gospel with certain traditional and denominational positions we tend to hold.  And as a result, we are quick to label those with whom we disagree, even to the point of question their salvation and commitment to the gospel.

I end with the following from Rachel Held Evans:  “The Gospel doesn’t need a coalition devoted to keeping the wrong people out. It needs a family of sinners-saved-by-grace committed to tearing down the walls, throwing open the doors and saying, ‘Welcome. There’s bread and wine. Come and eat. Let’s talk.’

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10 Responses to I Agree with Rachel Held Evans

  1. Dan says:

    You know I hate it when she says something I actually agree with! 😉

  2. TC Robinson says:

    Well, to her credit, she has somehow has figured out how to connect with the elusive Millennials, who are driven church statisticians crazy, especially my own.

  3. Colin says:

    Well I’ve never heard of her. Not known in my UK circles. But I like what she says here.

  4. Jon Hughes says:

    She’s an exceptionally good writer – I read “Evolving in Monkey Town” a couple of years ago. The question is, where exactly will her spiritual journey take her? It’s something we all struggle with when walking away from traditional fundamentalism (oxymoron?).

  5. David Beirne says:

    She can be annoying and profound. And annoyingly profound. On some things like this, She’s like that strong, faithful Christian who is a strong faithful Democrat. Some see it as contradiction, others as consistent. Beware: you may have to stand in her row when we gather before the Lamb.

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