Words redefined

Aug 28, 2017 by

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Judging from “Conservative Evangelicals Revel in ‘Unprecedented’ Access to President” (World & Faith, July 31), the definitions of “conservative” and “evangelicals” have changed. I thought conservatives did not approve of divorce and extramarital sex, which President Trump has admitted. But 81 percent of conservative evangelicals voted for him. I did not think they approved of lies. But it was proven before the election that Donald Trump was careless with the truth. There are other issues I disagree with, including publicly ridiculing people. Could someone define for me the meaning of “conservative evangelicals”? I thought it meant strict living according to Jesus’ teaching and following the Bible. Is it now “Christian nationalism”?

Carl L. Smeltzer
Harrisonburg, Va.


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  • Greg Leichty

    In answer to your question, YES.

  • Rainer Moeller

    The matter here is that Evangelicals fought the culture wars (when Mennonites stood at the sidelines and did not even protect their own members), and that Evangelicals had to feel the heat. May 2016 some Harvard and Yale professors in premature triumphalism explained what they wanted to do with conservatives after the presumed Hillary victory, namely: treat them like the Germans and Japanese after 1945:
    https://balkin.blogspot.de/2016/05/abandoning-defensive-crouch-liberal.html

    Wouldn’t you think that Evangelicals have good reasons to be glad with Trump?

  • Rainer Moeller

    I’m not a convinced Christian nationalist myself. But I have, via Youtube, seen and heard how at the funerals of Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher there was sung “I vow to thee my country” – and I found the text really moving. Of course the musical genius of Holst adds a lot to this. I will not lightheartedly condemn Christian nationalism anymore.

  • Aaron Yoder

    Unfortunately, the term “conservative evangelical” has become the label for a political movement which rarely looks like a group of people who daily abide in the person of Jesus. The challenge for Christians is then, ‘What would Jesus be labeled?’ Would he be a liberal non-evangelical? Not exactly. As Christians, I believe we need to pursue a new label…faithful. Faithful to Jesus. Faithful in our relationships. Faithful to proclaim the gospel. Faithful to obey God’s Word. Faithful to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Thus far, that’s a word that still summarizes Christian living and hasn’t been twisted by political agendas.

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