While I do not consider myself an evangelical and realize I am even further left than the “left” crowd she speaks of I feel exactly the same way:
But the problem is that after ten years, I’m getting tired of trying to convince fellow Christians that I am, in fact, a Christian, even though I may vote a little differently than they vote, interpret the Bible differently than they interpret it, engage with science a little differently than they engage with it, and understand sovereignty and choice a little differently than they understand those things.
Just as I do not have a monopoly on determining who is and who is not a “Christian,” neither do you. Anyone else who has had to field the question, “How can you call yourself a Christian?” understands not only how tiring it gets, but also how it kills your sense of community and love for the church.
Read the rest of Rachel Held Evans’ post, The Future of Evangelicalism: A Twenty-Something’s Perspective.