Evangelicals need to stop being wimps

(From an article by: Larry Alex Taunton)

C.S. Lewis once noted men in the English-speaking world have largely been emasculated, and men in the Church are seldom an exception to this trend.

Few today stand strong for their faith in Jesus Christ and push back against a culture that, in the words of Isaiah 5:20, “calls evil good and good evil”

This is because evangelicals have confused Christ’s command to love others with being likable, as if that were an attribute of God. (It isn’t.)  As such, they endeavor to be, above all else, inoffensive and polite.  This doctrinal malpractice has given us a generation of men who are what Lewis called “men without chests.”

The idea of fighting for things that matter has never been foreign to me.  I fully recognize, as the Athenian statesman, Pericles, observed, “Happiness depends on freedom, and freedom depends on courage.”

I urge you to be offended by the way our God’s name is blasphemed in our country every day; by the 54 million children murdered in the holocaust of abortion since 1973; by the sordid sexual agenda that is eroding the very fabric of Western civilization; by the fact that Christians are dying for their faith, largely at the hands of Muslims, at a rate of 100,000 per year; and, most of all, by the reality that these things are being ignored, trivialized, or celebrated.  These are things that offend me deeply, and I hope they offend you, too.  Righteous anger has a place within the Christian life.  Tap into it.  In the words of Ephesians 4:26, “Be angry and do not sin.”

Evangelical Christians comprise a hefty 26 percent of the U.S. population. I fully believe that if they were to find their voices and their courage, we would see a Great Awakening in America.  Indeed, we would see America become truly great again rather than superficially so.  But it will, as I say, require courage, because the forces opposing us seem determined to burn this country to the ground. That cannot go unchallenged.

When Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he did not mean to turn a blind eye.  The highest calling of a Christian is not to be civil; it is to be salt and light.

Larry Cobb

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