By Dr. Mark Creech
November 13, 2016
Within three weeks, in two editorials the Rev. William Barber II, head of the NC NAACP, has berated Christians to the right of him. In his October 19th piece, Jesus, Didn’t Join the Tea Party, Either, he argues the speakers and participants at the October 17th ‘We Stand With God’ Rally,’ are mockers and abusers of the real Christian faith.
In his latest editorial, Evangelicals are not for Trump or Carson, but for the Gospel, Barber claims “’evangelical’ is a label that has been hijacked and manipulated” by those to the right of him.
True evangelicalism, says Barber, was spoken from the lips and words of Jesus placing “concern for the poor and the broken at the center of faith.” He added, “We should not allow extremists to legitimize their agenda by calling it ‘evangelical.’”
Of course, though Barber claims to be an evangelical himself, it’s impossible to come away from his writings without concluding that he believes any professing Christian to the right of him is either deceived, deviated, or even duplicitous, and, therefore, undeserving of the label. That’s hardly Christian. Read the rest of this entry