Dr. Ron Sider

Today I read a disturbing article from Christianity Today. It is an interview with Ron Sider on the state of evanelicalism. He is a professor at Palmer Theological Seminary, formerly known as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience (Baker Books, 2005). This small part of the interview could serve as the thesis:

"The heart of the matter is the scandalous failure to live what we preach. The tragedy is that poll after poll by Gallup and Barna show that evangelicals live just like the world. Contrast that with what the New Testament says about what happens when people come to living faith in Christ. There's supposed to be radical transformation in the power of the Holy Spirit. The disconnect between our biblical beliefs and our practice is just, I think, heart-rending."

Amen.