However, even while I don't fit into these categories or boundaries, I am not ready to surrender the word "evangelical" to those who want to apply it narrowly. Consider the root of evangelical--evangelion--meaning "gospel" or "good news." I am all about the good news, the good news that:
- No height nor depth can separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:39)
- Blessed are the poor for they will inherit the kingdom of God. (Luke 6:20)
- There's neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, but all are one in Christ (Galatians 3:28)
- God loved the world so much that God sent his son, so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16)
I will not let those who think evangelical means subscribing to certain dogmas have a monopoly on the good news. I will not let those who are quick to decide who is in and who is out--forever damned to "hell"--hijack the term evangelical when that understanding is really not good news at all!
I believe in God whose love reaches to the highest heights and the lowest depths. I believe in God who doesn't reinforce the power structures of patriarchy, racism, wealth, etc., but rather sides with those on the margins. All of this is good news--this is evangelion--and this is why I am evangelical.