As someone who has for years argued for an evangelicalism that reflects the fullness of the kingdom of God, it has been painful to see our “every tribe and every tongue” ideal narrowed into a tiny tribe that often conflates politics and faith. We are not that, and we never were. Yet we let others redefine us. Instead of people who seek justice and the propagation of a message of hope, we became an angry, judgmental, mainly white religious minority. Many have refused to accept that identity, speaking up out of the refusal to silence their moral outrage any longer.
As one who has been defined as a “Hispanic evangelical,” I (we) know all about the limitation of labels. We represent a broad spectrum of humanity and reject confining our identities as children of a God who is boundless. Among our ranks you will find those who revile President Donald Trump for what they view as his anti-Latino rhetoric and policies and see him as an emerging fascist in the mold of many Latin American leaders. You will also encounter Hispanic evangelicals who embrace Trump for what they perceive as his strong stance in protecting religious liberty, the rights of the unborn, and judicial appointees who reflect their values. Between those poles is the vast middle, whose views about the president are as diverse as the sprawling middle spectrum of evangelicals in America. The idea that there is a single, pan-ethnic Hispanic response to Trump is as wrongheaded as believing that CT editors and staff, their readers, white evangelicals, or any other group of human beings are perfectly unified in their view of the president.
Political labels are particularly problematic for Christians. Some of the defining features of the Republican ...
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