“If John Mark is right that an evangelical is “a fundamentalist who watches The Office,” then I’m written out of the definition since I’ve never seen the show. But, still, I think he’s on to something. Here’s an alternative try.
An evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for Halloween.
A conservative evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for the church’s “Fall Festival.”
A confessional evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up for “Reformation Day.”
An emerging evangelical is a fundamentalist who has no kids, but who dresses up for Halloween anyway.
A revivalist evangelical is a fundamentalist whose kids dress up as demons for the church’s “Judgment House” community evangelism outreach.
A fundamentalist is a fundamentalist whose kids hand out gospel tracts to all those mentioned above.”
A couple years of my growing up, we fell into the “conservative evangelical” to “revivalist evangelical” range. We dressed up for our church’s “unhaunted house.” Many kids dressed up as Bible characters. It was an outreach to the community as well as a way for Christians to still have fun and do a few scary things on Halloween without feeling (too) guilty.
Most years, however, we just stayed home, had friends over, ate popcorn and watched a movie.
With young kids of our own, we haven’t celebrated Halloween. Not a judgment on people who do, it’s just where we’ve come down. We did talk about Reformation Day last year though, although no one dressed up. I like having the kids dress up. They do it so often, it hardly seems like depriving them not to do it on Halloween.
See, here’s one-year-old Elianna dressed up in full costume.
I realize most people think I’m being a big stick in the mud and I’m ok with that. My kids (and I) get plenty of fun and neighbor interaction in their lives. They can do without it on one night of the year. We have our reasons, and that’s enough for me.
But, back to the point, what kind of evangelical are you? Elianna obviously ascribes to the ever popular cowboy evangelism.