Recently I've had some engagements on Twitter with people who are determined that I am not an evangelical Christian. I suspect that what they really mean is that they are not sure I'm actually a 'proper' Christian at all.
There is really no point in arguing with people like this and I do not intend to, however I do want to tell you that, having gone through some wrestling with my evangelical heritage, I am proud to be an evangelical, I think evangelicalism is a good part of the Christian traditions and I may have a 'Jody-shaped' evangelicalism, but it is evangelicalism none-the-less. I know this because I'm lucky enough to work with and be friends with people from other traditions - and I know I am not that. I also know that no matter how irksome some evangelical behaviours/jargon/assumptions are to me, I can no more be 'not evangelical' than I can be 'not Scottish'.
So, because people seem to be Very Keen on statements of faith, I thought I would make up my own definition of 'Jody-shaped' evangelical faith and here it is:
1. God exists
2. God thinks I'm fab
3. God came to the Earth as a human being, Jesus
4. God is present in the world by the Holy Spirit
5. God saves me, I'm not sure exactly how
6. Incarnation is important
7. The Cross is important
8. The Resurrection is most important
9. Holy Saturday is quite significant too come to that
10. The Bible is awesome
11. Other people are made in God's Image
12. God is beyond my imagination
13. God is good.
14. I should do something about these things, otherwise my head will explode
there are of course other things such as 'We should pray', 'I don't care if this is called being an evangelical or not' and 'tribes and exclusion are marks of sin and nothing to be proud of' - but I thought these were outworking of points 14 and 11.
Anyway, let me know what your shaped evangelicalism looks like or write your own blogpost and send me a link. We could start a trend 'stop evangelical facism now!' or something. Anyway, be free, be creative, own your own identity and let me know how you understand your own faith.