And I thought, “This is the inevitable outcome of evangelicalism. This is where this kind of thinking leads, to ignoring your doubts, denying your concerns, your common sense, and your conscience.” I was sure that each person believed they were doing God’s will and what was best for their famili…
It is easy, when emerging from such a crisis of faith, to think so. However another outcome is that which you reached. The realization that faith embraces doubt and that the Christian faith developed from an awareness that our hearts are the true indictors of our faith and not the purity of belief. I am not evangelical (even though I was raised a Baptist Preacher’s Kid) but I’ve been away long enough to recognize the vital role evangelicalism played in the development of American democracy. I am also aware of a number of evangelical churches that embrace social and environmental justice.
I also watched the Episcopal church split over just these issues.
The path of discipleship is different for everyone. The mistake the Christian Right makes, as you observed, is to insist that God’s love and theirs isn’t freely given but a privilege of membership.