I’m not saying evangelicals are dumb, I used to be one, but they definitely have a dumb side and a smart side. They have two “brains.”
I have read many articles attacking evangelicals for being anti-science and anti-rational. If you trace the history of evangelicalism, there is no debating this is unequivocally true. But it is only half the story. Evangelicals are pro-supernatural which in their minds supersedes the natural or “scientific” world. It is this belief rooted in acceptance of the Bible as divinely authoritative that forces them to subvert science and reason.
To those of us who don’t subscribe to the absolute authority of the Bible, evangelicals do appear idiotic at times. But when you are answering to an “higher power,” you simply don’t care what “the world” thinks about you because you are thinking the same thing about them.
Evangelicals must cling to biblical authority like a life raft because their eternal destiny depends on it. No matter what evidence regardless of how compelling is presented they will not let go. It has nothing to do with truth or facts and everything to do with fear and hope.
Here’s a window into the evangelical mind. Most (not every) evangelical is only interested in the promise of life after death in heaven. Because they believe this is guaranteed as part of salvation, they will never question the source — the Bible. The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of faith upon which their hope rests so unwavering devotion to this sacred doctrine is ferociously defended.
Evangelicals are masters at compartmentalizing their faith because they have to be (This is the two brain part of being an evangelical). Most are not heavily invested in their faith to the degree they are willing to sacrifice their time, energy and especially money in living up to New Testament ideals. This should be obvious to anyone who has met an evangelical. Because they have been taught “Once saved, always saved,” otherwise known as “eternal security,” they have little incentive to match the standards of the Christian life explicitly taught in the Bible and exemplified by Jesus.
A few examples will suffice. Divorce is categorically condemned in the Bible but many evangelicals who have divorced are vociferous in their denunciation of abortion rights advocates. Hypocrisy at this level is dizzying. Also, sexual promiscuity, adultery, premarital sex, pornography etc… exist within evangelicalism at a staggering rate.
18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
Jesus went even further in his teaching on the Beatitudes in effect transcending the Mosaic Law.
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27,28).
The point is evangelicals pick and choose what they want to be “enraged” about out of convenience. When it comes to those things that might take away or prevent their own pleasure like getting divorced, having premarital sex, accumulating wealth, indulging in food, drink or material goods, the only whisper their disapproval. But when it comes to sins like abortion or homosexuality they shout their moral outrage from the rooftops.
Complacency and compromise are the marks of American evangelicalism. They dabble in their faith, mostly on Sundays, while immersing themselves in the pleasures of this world the majority of the time. They target those things which provides them with a sense of being social warriors for Jesus to validate their spirituality. They are perfect example of modern day Pharisees who Jesus described as “white washed tombs” full of “dead mens bones.”
Attend most evangelical churches on any given Sunday and you will witness the spectacle of immaculately groomed Christians. Men and women adorned in their best outfits, perfect hairdos and manicured nails, glimmering jewelry and magnificent makeup parade like peacocks for all to see. Obsequious smiles and handshakes are proffered all around along with the obligatory, “God bless you.”
These very same people, as statistical polls show, are no different from their non Christian, unregenerate, sin driven neighbors. Herein lies the vile monster of evangelical ideology. They are expected to be different, much different from the rest of the “world.” They have no excuse for being like non Christians. Their Bible teaches they have died to sin and are alive with Christ. They are to be morally victorious because sin no longer has mastery over their lives. Conversion is the death of sin and the awakening of one’s soul to a newness of life.
Proof Jesus rose from the dead is found in the lives of those who are experiencing the power of his resurrection in their daily lives.
Most evangelicals could live much better lives if they wanted to but they choose not to. Their interest now is enjoying the delights this world has to offer while maintain a minuscule amount of attention to the next. They refuse to fully commit to either world. The product of such a moribund faith can be seen throughout American evangelicals. A faith one might describe as wide as the ocean but as deep as a puddle, and just as murky.