We often are asked what is an evangelical? Why do you call yourselves evangelicals? Aren't evangelicals all anti-gay or all one political party over another?
The term "evangelical" comes from the Greek word that means "good news."
Evangelism is sharing the good news of the salvation that is available through
Jesus Christ. An evangelical, then, is a person dedicated to promoting the
good news about Jesus Christ. So as "evangelical Christians" we would be
considered believers in Jesus Christ who are faithful in sharing and promoting
the good news - (good news of salvation through Jesus Christ).
In Western culture today, there are many caricatures of evangelical
Christians. For some, the term "evangelical Christian" is equivalent to
right-wing, fundamentalist Republican. For others, "evangelical Christian" is
a title used to differentiate an individual from a Catholic Christian or an Orthodox Christian. Others use the term to indicate adherence to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. (In this sense, an evangelical Christian is a believer who holds to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith alone. However, none of these is inherent in the description "evangelical Christian.") In reality, all Christians should be evangelical Christians. The Bible is consistently instructing us to be witnesses of the good news.
Evangelicals come in every size, shape, color, orientation, political party, and the list goes on. They are denominational & non-denominational. At the end of the day, being evangelical really is about one thing, believing that Jesus Christ is Good News for the world. If you believe that...guess what? You are an evangelical...welcome to the club!