These are the words of Todd Friel, host of Wretched Radio. What is it? I don’t know. Not important. What is important is this episode from yesterday. It’s called “The latest trend in Evangelicalism”. In it, Todd reads a social media post from a young “neo-evangelical”. What is that? I don’t know. Not important.
The point is, the kid nails it in the kid’s Facebook post. He is some type of Evangelical. Moore, he gets it. Here are his words that are the crux of the issue to Todd Friel.
Political tribalism is the new religion. It doesn’t matter who is on the Republican ticket. If he can weild the weapon of being pro-life, he has the Evangelical support. I cannot condone this.
I invite you to watch the video above. Todd lays out his case for why Evangelicals should vote on the single issue of pro-life. In my opinion, this is a silly viewpoint for an Evangelical. However, he is certainly entitled to it. I would like to explain, though, why his argument carries no water with kids today.
Explaining the latest trend in Evangelicalism.
In the 5th century B.C. Hippocrates wrote his famous oath for Doctors. As originally written, it included the following line.
I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.Hippocrates
Since that time, First and Second Chronicles were written. Furthermore, every single New Testament book was written after that. All 27 of them. Evangelicals believe in an all knowing God. Moreover, they believe that God breathed the words of the Bible directly into the ears of the authors who wrote them down for you.
If God is all knowing, he was aware of the oath that Hippocrates wrote. Furthermore, he was aware of the debate over abortion in both Greek and Roman societies. So how many times did He address the topic of abortion in the remaining 29 books of His instructions to mankind? Zero. Let that sink in.
In fact, most Christians believe that Jesus himself was God. Moreover, they believe that God walked on this earth. That he talked directly to people. Yet in all of his miracles, not once did he resurrect an aborted fetus. Furthermore, he never once spoke on the topic.
Where Evangelicals are losing the youth politically.
Jesus personally healed the sick, and instructed his disciples to do the same. He fed the hungry. Furthermore, if one reads the parable of the Good Samaritan, he taught a message of social justice similar to what this kid describes in his social media post. Consider these words of Jesus.
The latest trend in Evangelicalism is forsaking the hypocrisy of their leaders.
In the video, Todd references “the least of these”. However, he implies that this is a reference to unborn babies. If Todd is right that this represents the latest trend in Evangelicalism, this is a good thing. It means that the kids are actually listening to Jesus instead of listening to their pastor spinning his words.
Evangelicals are telling their followers to ignore the teachings of Jesus. Forget about the poor, the naked, and the hungry. Jesus didn’t care about that. What he meant to say, but apparently entirely forgot about, was to vote pro-life.
If you think I’m wrong, do the following. Buy a red letter edition of the New Testament. Then read all of the words in red. As you read them, take a pen and make a note in the margin. One letter, either a “D” or an “R”. If it sounds like something Trump would say, write an R. However, if it sounds like Bernie Sanders, write a D. Now you’re probably thinking “but Steve, Bernie Sanders is a liberal Jew”. If so, do me a favor please. Take a picture of the look on your face when you finish tallying the numbers and send it to me.
This kid gets it. Moreover, this thought is terrifying to the Republican Party. They went to great pains to intertwine the GOP and the Southern Baptist Convention until it is impossible to tell where one stops and the other begins. If the latest trend in Evangelicalism is away from the Elephant and towards Jesus, I’d say that they’re moving in the right direction. I hope Todd Friel is right.