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Ask the average American, and they will probably answer with some variation on politicized religion of the right-wing variety. There is an element of truth to this. White evangelical Christians in America tend to be politically conservative, after all, voting for Republicans in large majorities. Then again, African American and Hispanic evangelicals, by contrast, tend to be economically liberal but socially conservative, voting for Democrats to a similar or greater extent. Worldwide, the politics of evangelicals are even more diverse.
To discover that essence, one must define evangelicalism theologically, recognizing that right-leaning evangelicals such as the late Charles Colson and left-leaning evangelicals such as Ron Sider are more united by their theology than they are divided by their politics. That is why, in the 18th-century transatlantic revivals, John Wesley and George Whitefield could view one another as friends and colleagues, despite their strong theological disputes.
That is why today, the National Association of Evangelicals can encompass a wide spectrum of opinion on those issues and more. There is something more basic to and common in evangelical Christianity than those disputes. What that basic, common theology underlying evangelical Christianity is can be gleaned from the pages of Christ in Conflict by John Stott.
Stott, who died in , first published this book in under the title, Christ the Controversialist. Langham Literature, which was founded by Stott and holds copyright to his books, has reissued this little work with a new title and a few editorial changes, principally, Americanizing the spelling, changing the Bible version used, and deleting some illustrations that had become dated.
To accomplish that aim, Stott turns to eight conflicts recorded in the Gospels that Jesus had with either the Sadducees or the Pharisees. We might state those controversies in the form of a question: Is religion natural or supernatural?
Is theological authority found in tradition or Scripture? Is the Bible an end or a means to an end? Is salvation based on merit or mercy? Is morality outward or inward? Is worship a matter of the lips or of the heart?
In each case, Stott aligns evangelical Christianity with the second option. What, then, is evangelical Christianity? It is a supernatural, biblically grounded, Jesus-focused, merciful, heart-changing, authentic, socially engaged, and humble form of religion.
To the extent that it is not, it has departed from the teaching and example of Jesus Christ. Stott was a moderately Calvinistic Anglican priest. I am a thoroughly Arminian Pentecostal minister. And yet, I see how both his form of Anglicanism and my Pentecostalism agree wholeheartedly on these more basic matters. Regardless, his Anglicanism and my Pentecostalism are clearly siblings in the same religious family, a family into which all of us have been adopted by God.
Doing so will have several salutary effects: It can help us refocus us on the mission Christ gave us to make disciples of all nations. It can help unify us across denominational and even national boundaries. And it can remind us that we unites us in Christ as evangelicals is greater, more important, and more foundational than what divides us in Washington DC.
What unites us is nothing less than the gospel—in Greek, euangelion—that gives us evangelicals our name.
“As controvérsias de Jesus”, de John Stott, chega às livrarias
Las Controversias de Jesús