Katherine Pershey, an ordained pastor in a mainline church, read my post yesterday and left a comment along with a link. The link is to a “letter” she wrote to evangelicals. Read it here: An Open Letter to my Evangelical Friends. Her thoughts are perceptive and full of grace. While I do respectfully disagree with Katherine on some things, I agree and relate with so much too! She’s found herself back in contact with evangelicals after being away from them, and notes that some of us seem to have “fallen off of different fences into the same field.” This describes where I have found myself too.
Pay attention to her encounters with evangelicalism in her youth. Too often we come across as arrogant, insensitive, dismissive, or even downright silly. Seriously, our intentions may be good, but we need to think about how we are coming across! 1 Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – We somehow seem to forget about the gentle and respectful part.
Which reminds me of another post I appreciated: Reformation of an Evangelical with the tagline “I began college as a know-it-all Christian. But I learned how to listen to nonbelievers and learn from them.” – Hope you’ll take a moment to read this worthwhile article too.