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Being an evangelical Christian in the historic Protestant tradition, going back to Wesley, Zwingli, Calvin, and Luther, I am troubled by how the term “evangelical Christian” is used in today’s political arena.

Evangelical Christianity is not Republican or Democratic Christianity. And, it is not American Christianity. Evangelical Christianity is founded on the Good News as Christians know it through Jesus Christ, whose inaugural address at the beginning of his ministry reads, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Such an evangelical way of life seems foreign from what we have been hearing and seeing in the presidential campaign. If I have even a slight grasp of
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