Evangelical is a term rightly applied to a large spectrum of Christians. Some Christians embrace this identity, some are ignorant of it, and others want to distance themselves from it. No matter our category of preference, we are all, most likely, in the dark about its history. Knowing this history can reconnect our present to our past heritage, and sure up the foundation of something that has become more defined by modernity than by its history.
Evangelical Christians have deep roots dating back to the middle of the eightieth century. The first evangelicals were Anglican Church members who had a conversion experience which resulted in their becoming serious about living out their Christian faith. As a result, they began to change the way they lived to conform to a new serious life devoted to applying the Bible to their lives, and serving the community in which they lived.
Instead of sending their children to boarding schools, as was the custom of the day, they began to educate them at home. Households, which included the family and servants, met together to pray daily. Devotions became a central part of each day. Sundays were dedicated to become a day of rest to such an extent that children had Sunday games and toys designed to teach them the Bible. Evangelical gentlemen kept strict accounting of their days noting the hours spent in prayer, Bible reading, and constructive work. Women gave themselves to raising their children, tending their families, and taking up the cause of the poor. Continue reading “Restoration of America: The Evangelical Movement”