The news media is filled with stories about Evangelicals nowadays because of their support for POTUS. But I am always questioning who are these folks of whom the media speaks? None of us can be certain. A list of 200 Evangelical ‘leaders’ surfaced because they occasionally meet at the WH to pray with Mr. Trump some may meet with him more than others, and one of those is Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. There are a few others on that list whose names I recognize and would stand with on most things.
Evangelicals believe this…
What I do know is that Evangelicals do not always believe the same thing. In other words, we come from differing faith backgrounds, but there is one substantial faith statement that can be agreed upon: Jesus was born of a virgin, died on a cross for the sins of all who believe, rose again three days later and ascended into Heaven. There are many divisions about many things following that truth.
The Great Commission is a foundational truth
However, there is one common denominator which really ‘gets under the skin’ of many people who are not Evangelical Christians, and that is the Great Commission which is based upon Matthew 28:16-20, “So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” NET2. Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ is who we are.
The Bible is absolutely true
Another statement which most will adhere to is the inerrancy of God’s Word which we believe is written by His Holy Spirit and contains no errors…every word in the Bible is absolutely true. “You, however, must continue in the things you have learned and are confident about. You know who taught you 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17. This is a statement that is not debatable.
The cost of following Jesus is not free…
But, the question is “How serious are you about your faith in Jesus Christ?” Be careful with your answer, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish the tower, all who see it will begin to make fun of him. 30 They will say, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’” John wrote in speaking of himself concerning Jesus, John 3:30, “He must become more important while I become less important.” And the same is absolutely true for you and me. One who claims faith in Jesus Christ simply ‘must not,’ but cannot allow anything to be more important than the Lord Jesus in his/her life…nothing. If one is to be His follower, Jesus must be the priority, “whoever does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” What does it cost one to decide to follow Him? EVERYTHING.
An Evangelical Christian is unquestionably the most unwavering ambassador of Jesus Christ. If one claims to know Christ and does not walk a straight line it can be said that Jesus is not a part of that person’s life. Jesus said it this way, “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!” Matthew 7:13-14.
Jesus is Lord.