If being an evangelical motivates people to act in ways that seem inconsistent with their supposed commitment to be the embodiment of good news — and not just any good news, but the good news of Jesus the Christ — then it is easy to identify the disconnect between what evangelicals are doing and what the evangel actually is.
Christians would be wise to consider that there is no mandate in Scripture for self-assertion of personal rights. The concept of personal rights is not a biblical one; rather, it is a product of modern political ideas about human flourishing and governmental operation.
The Nonviolent AtonementAuthor: J. Denny WeaverEven J. Denny Weaver acknowledges that the proposal he makes in The Nonviolent Atonement “may seem audacious.” Weaver is an American Mennonite theologian and professor emeritus at Bluffton University in Ohio. The Nonviolent Atonement is his attempt to describe the atoning work of Christ in light of his conviction that God is nonviolent. For Weaver, there is no place in discussion of atonement theology for the idea that God punished Jesus, or that Jesus died for human sins to satisfy God’s justice.
As Christians, we believe Scripture clearly articulates that we have been created by God specifically for the purpose of fellowship with him and with one another. This is the pinnacle of what God’s creation is to do – to bring glory to him in all things. Article 3 of our Confession of Faith begins by relating our conviction that creation “declares God’s wisdom and power, calling all to worship Him.”