In a Christianity Today article, I read that some media pundits characterize Evangelicals as white, suburban, American, southern, and Republican. Evangelicals in my church are also Hispanic, African American, Scandinavian, Asian, Indian, and Unaffiliated or Democratic voters. Instead of asking us what we believe the media makes assumptions that aren’t true. And although we need journalists to keep us informed, we shouldn’t let them define us. Some believe we aren’t influenced by the media, but we are.
Furthermore, although aligning ourselves with popular cultural trends is tempting, it ends in disappointment when the new trend fades away. Then we feel obliged to wait for the next one. To resist these appeals we should find our identity in our belief system and self-awareness. What we believe about ourselves determines who we are, not what others think we should be.
There it is folks, evangelical or not, we must ask ourselves: what do we believe and who do we believe we are? The identities and labels we apply to people are usually assumptions. We presume to know what a person’s faith identity means, when in reality we should ask them what they believe, and why they call themselves a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim.