Quote of Note #33: Evangelical Fear


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An Old Cut on a Honey Locust Tree; photo by GAC

“Fear was a profound motivator for evangelicals.  We carried a vestigial memory of being the little ramshackle clapboard church from across the tracks whose congregation couldn’t pay its minister.  We collectively carried a chip on our shoulders for being marginalized.  Fear and revenge were far from the teachings of Christ, but we had practiced them so often in recent years.  How had we gotten to this point?”

Rob Schenk, Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2018, page 290.

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