It’s time to end the hijacking. It’s time to take back a movement. It’s time for the get-back-to-the-Bible people to get back to the Bible.
The loud but joyful Jesus Freak of the early 1970’s should have ripened into a gracefully wise adult, no less passionate beneath the softer smile. There would have been deeper prayer, more listening, and fewer shouts. We would have discovered at least three steams emerging from a holistically biblical faith: solid teaching and sound doctrine; experience in the Holy Spirit; social action. Each would have converged and formed a broad, lush river.
But something happened. The Jesus Freak’s face morphed into an angry political bully. Spiritual maturity was measured in the voting booth more than in our personal and communal holiness – even though Christ himself defies political stereotypes — and Evangelical Christianity veered dangerously close to civil religion. At long last, many are escaping the hijacker’s grip with the advent of the “new evangelicals.” They’re tuned in to the biblical call for social and environmental justice and less prone to political manipulation. They hunger for an integrated faith in which they can row in that river. Perhaps the “new evangelical” label is misleading: They resemble their 19th century kindred, who routinely rowed there. They’re really old evangelicals rescuing a hijacked movement.
But the name has stuck, so we’ll run with it.
The Alternative Mainstream gives news and commentary on spirituality, culture, and politics through the new evangelical lens — with occasional poetry and autobiography thrown in for fun. We’re a voice and forum for an integrated, orthodox faith awakening from its slumber. We also bear in mind that many non-church goers are reading this, and their feed-back and comments are welcome.
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