This Theologically Orphaned Generation
|Abandoned church in France by El Vagus|
By Jared C. Wilson - Posted at The Gospel Coalition:
For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers . . .
— 1 Corinthians 4:15a
Setting – November 1992, an evangelical church in the American South.
Concerned Voter: I don’t know. I can’t believe the American people elected this man.
Unconcerned Voter: Ah, don’t worry. He’s a natural leader.
CV: Yes, but some of the things he stands for, some of the things he says are in opposition to the way of Jesus.
UV: He just knows his audience, is all. He says he’s a Christian. That’s good enough for me.
CV: But does he actually live out what he says he believes? Lots of people are saying he’s a womanizer. Or worse.
UV: Who are we to judge? Look, God can use anybody. Think of King David. He was an adulterer too.
The above scenario is entirely imagined. I say “entirely” because I cannot imagine that it actually took place in any conservative church hallway in the early ’90s. No, evangelicals stood almost lock-step in opposition to the elected president that year, and they did so largely because of his platform but also because of his questionable character. Indeed, we heard lots and lots and lots about his character. Still do, in fact. Evangelicals care a lot about character. Except when they don’t.