There are some who have their nose in ideas and opinions regularly and can smell the stench of “reactionism” from a mile away. I want to avoid that odor. I’m an evangelical pastor. That's undeniably a controversial posture in our culture. But I embrace the label and I long to explain the substance. It’s not really fair for people to “fill in those blanks” without considering some nuance.

I’m responding to a “Community Voice” in a paper I read almost every day. The article was entitled, “Evangelicals fail to see the destruction they’ve wrought.” I’m thoroughly evangelical. I tenaciously hold to a few truths I would die for. Our Founder represented these truths as inherently offensive. But not even close to being the threat suggested by David Keranen in his recent article. His words about my label make me feel like I’ve been “lumped.” I’m sure it’s nothing personal on his part. But lumping isn’t fair. Being evangelical isn’t the same as being Republican. Not all evangelicals are blind to the danger of the misuse and abuse of political power at the highest levels of our government. And not all evangelicals have an interest in somehow latching on to a power base in Washington. Politics is of marginal importance to the many evangelicals I know. It’s interesting and invites a degree of involvement, but I’m most interested in the policy decisions that are made at the level of my local church. By creating a healthy Christian community, hopefully we’re influencing the community at large so we all can flourish.

David Bocker

Wasco