Before I write this, you should know that if you asked me to identify (label?) my religious beliefs, the word “evangelical” would definitely be an important word in the wandering, discombobulated half-sentence that came in reply. I am an evangelical—depending on what you mean by the term. But it is a word I claim for my identity.
But here’s my question—and this has been bugging me. We evangelicals are, you know, Bible-believing Christians, right? That’s where we get our ideas, our theologies, our convictions, right?
So, where in the Bible does it talk about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Why have we chosen this phrase as our primary image for salvation, indeed, as our rallying cry, our slogan?
If I may be so bold: is it because it distracts us from the more difficult task of actually following Jesus?