Here’s a thoughtful post from Timothy Dalrymple chastising “progressive evangelicals” who publicly blame conservative Christians for the culture wars that have given Christianity a bad name. He concludes,
There is a growing genre — call it Progressive Christian Scorn Literature — about the scorn progressive Christians have for conservative evangelicals. It seems to be celebrated on the Left as a kind of righteous comeuppance for the Christian Right, and it wins the applause of the Left for the Christian Left. But it’s wrong and it needs to be called out. It’s neither winsome, nor loving, nor constructive, nor right. It will not improve our witness because it’s soaked through with bitterness and rancor…
We cannot get beyond the culture wars by simply joining one side and lobbing bombs against the other. We cannot improve the reputation of the church by throwing half of it under the bus.
If you read the rest of the article, Dalrymple gives two recent examples of what he’s talking about. You can read about them and the rest of his article here.
I would tweak one detail of Dalrymple’s essay. It seems to me that the left wing of the “evangelical” movement is swinging further and further left as the years roll by. It is not uncommon to hear some “progressive evangelicals” calling into question the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation, the inerrancy of the Bible, or Christ’s teaching on sexual ethics. These are not marginal points of evangelical faith and practice but lie at the very heart of things. At some point, I think we have to wonder whether it is appropriate to call such folks “evangelicals” at all.