Just listening to the radio and heard someone on the panel use the phrase “Evangelical Christianism.” “That’s interesting,” I thought. “Christianism” — as opposed to Christianity. Maybe he’s got something, even if it’s unintentional… is there a group of people more committed to Christianity than they are to Christ? I’d have to say yes.
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I think they really might be onto something. That term could help distinguish between orthodox Christianity (in the historic, missional sense of the word) and what we see so often today in the commitment to a kind of “Christian culture” ala “Christian” radio and “Christian” bookstores.
The terms “Islamist” and “Islamism” are often used to describe a political-social agenda vs. the more purely spiritual path of Islam. Perhaps we can ascribe the terms Christianist and Christianism to those who use Jesus as a political football – organizations on both the political left and right, such as Focus-on-Family and Sojourners.
ism – noun – chiefly derogatory – a distinctive system, philosophy, or ideology.
Probably a good “new” term. Somewhere following Christ got hi-jacked by some dressing a socio-political ideology up to look like following Christ.
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20