Tony Campolo, popular author and pastor, recently declared that he should no longer be classified as "evangelical" and Shane Venderhart agrees here that he is not an evangelical. Shane argues that Campolo should no longer consider himself an evangelical as it "doesn’t have anything to do with politics .... It has everything to do with how he approaches scripture.".
Those that have followed Campolo through the years have witnessed his slow but steady descent into apostasy. Shane astutely points out that though gifted, Campolo allowed culture to shape his worldview instead of the truth of Scripture. While unbelievers inevitably have their worldview blinded by the culture in which they are immersed, Christians have the opportunity to break free of the stranglehold by breathing the fresh, rejuvenating truth of Scripture.
But this doesn't happen automatically.
For the blinders to come off, Christians must make a lifelong concerted effort to drink steadily of the truth of Scripture and consciously place it as the authority over all other potential sources of truth. Letting the culture - no matter how advanced or enlightened it may appear to be - to be one's moral compass, is a surefire guarantee to tragically end up lost in the wilderness like Campolo.
A compass can safely lead one out of the wilderness, but only if they believe it and follow it.