Monday, June 20, 2011

You Might be an Evangelical Reject if You

I am sure most people at one time or another have seen Jeff Foxworthy do his bit "you might be a redneck if . . ." If it is such a funny bit because there is always an element of truth in it.

Over the last week there has been a list going around the blogosphere "You might be an Evangelical Reject if You . . ." The post lists various things that make some people, myself included, uncomfortable with the Evangelical label. As with foxworthy's bit, it is the element of, truth in it that sort of brings about the sting. the version below is from Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed blog. While I might not have said everything the same way, I still find it fairly descriptive of me.

  • You’re uncomfortable calling other branches of Christianity “apostate.”
  • You worry that those who cling to terms like “orthodox” often do so because they believe it to be synonymous with “Neo-Calvinism.”
  • You have significant questions about controversial theological “hot button” issues of the days and are some-what comfortable with the subsequent cognitive dissonance.
  • You’ve been asked to leave a church leadership position for philosophical / theological reasons.
  • You had a “love wins” sticker on the back of your car before the book controversy was even thought of.
  • You read theologians from all across the spectrum.
  • You think that science and scripture both reveal God’s truth in complementary ways.
  • You think that what we believe about the so called “end times” actually matters for how we do mission today.
  • You know that living the truth is more important than defending it logically.
  • You recognize culture wars as pathetic attempts for Christians to grab for power.
  • You don’t use the word inerrancy to describe biblical authority because its too rigid a definition and a modernist categorical imposition on the Holy Spirit inspired Scriptures.
  • You think women should do anything BUT be silent in the church. (Can I get an AMEN from my sistas?)
  • You think that postmodern philosophy helps theology more than it hurts it.
  • You drink alcohol sometimes (in public).
  • You endorse someone that has been deemed a heretic by
  • You believe that there are significant parallels between the Roman Empire of the 1stCentury and the United States of modern day.
  • You believe social justice is central to the gospel of the Kingdom.
  • You throw up a little in your mouth every time someone says that “the rapture is coming soon, so what’s the fuss with taking care of the planet? Lets save souls!”
  • You’ve said “I’m not that kind of Christian…”
  • You considered or actually voted democratic in the last two elections.
  • You think that African American Activists have valid points when it comes to justice issues.
  • You have gay friends.
  • You’ve been in a conversation where the other was appealing more to theconstitution of the USA than actually biblical theology.
  • You’re also an Anabaptist


  1. I guess I'm a reject. Tina

  2. AMEN from a sista! Good grief.

  3. A nit-picky point:

    "You considered or actually voted democratic in the last two elections."

    We all "vote democratic" in the sense that we uphold the principle of democracy when we enter the polling booth on Election Day. What I think you mean is "voted for a Democrat."

  4. Reagan used it politically with the Democrat Party, I'll use it theologically/ecclesiastically. I am not sure that we left Evangelicalism, rather, I think Evangelicalism left us... A good while ago, too.

  5. love this... the funny thing is that i can relate to almost each point... thank the Lord for Jeff Foxworthy. -Noah D Schumacher

  6. Praise the Lord that I'm a reject! I wouldn't want it any other way, haha.

  7. What bothers me about this blog is not the humor aspect, but that whether I am a reject or not is based almost purely on the 'Christian American Political Opinion' if I can create a term. After living in Central Asia and Europe for some time I can say that we all have our ideas of what is normal. And too often Americans are guilty of wanting to put everything neat and tidy in a box. Bleh, I hate it.