Jeff Christopherson is the Chief Missiologist of the North American Mission Board. In a recent piece at a Christianity Today blog, Christopherson argues that political partisanship is hurting evangelicalism and the spread of the Gospel in the world. Here is a taste of his piece:
Here is a question. What happens to the mission field when partisan evangelicals collectively turn their missionary platforms into ideological troll farms? What happens to the mission field when our highest calling is to leverage a profound cultural angst into a vitriolic nationalism? What happens to the mission field when those with whom we disagree become cultural enemies to vanquish rather than friends and neighbors to love? What happens to the mission field when an aberrant version of Jesus is formed in our own image and weaponized online as a parochial wrecking ball? What happens to the mission field when evangelicalism’s good news has nothing to do with the gospel?
The trajectory of the religiously unaffiliated continues to climb at unprecedented rates, while the great evangelical prize—political significance—will continue to erode. Our preferred weapon of cultural engagement, politics, will, as Jesus taught, be turned and used against us in full measure. The mission field has been torched by our own hand, and the utility of evangelical voting bloc will no longer be desired.
It’s a lose-lose scenario by any measure.
Read the entire piece here.
Christopherson’s piece supports my argument in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.