The Phil Robertson GQ Magazine controversy shines a light deep into the chasm that divides American culture today. It serves as an almost perfect metaphor for why Evangelical Christians currently resist, and will continue to resist, the immoral erosion of American society and politics without compromise; even if it means the end of the world itself. Here are a few reasons why such a great chasm exists:
We Evangelical Christians believe in absolutes.
In fact, we believe them so much that we have staked more than our lives, and our family’s lives on them, we have staked our eternal souls on them. We believe that the only way to be right with God is through absolute belief in, and surrender of our lives to, the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that all other beliefs are false, and that the only unforgivable sin is NOT accepting the testimony that Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice to atone for our sins.
We also believe in repentance.
A great misconception among non-Christians is that the word repentance somehow means saying you’re “sorry.” While repentance does require admission of wrong to God, and to other people if applicable, it also means turning away from the sinful behavior. We believe that sin separates humanity from God, and as long as a person continues to engage in sin without the “turning away,” they will remain separated from God and are lost to eternity.
We believe in evangelism.
The word evangel, on which the word evangelical is based, literally means “the good news.” What is this good news? It’s that people are born with a nature that separates them from God, and are doomed to Hell for all eternity, unless they turn away from their sin and have their transgressions washed away through the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
None of these reasons are politically correct in America today. In fact, to many in our country and the world at large, they are close minded, extreme, and dangerous. We Christians have accepted that fact. That’s why we have so many guns. Because we understand that our faith requires us to speak out to a lost and dying world, and call for it to bow and repent before the Lord Jesus Christ, even if it means our deaths.