I came across this powerful passage in a book by Dr. Doug McLachen, "Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism;"
Too many evangelicals have opted for unholy love; and too many fundamentalists have opted for unloving holiness.
This statement expresses so much of what I see in church today. I am a "young" fundamentalist, a lowly Youth Director, 28 years old and just escaped from a decade in the military. I did not grow up as a Christian. I grew in my Christian walk from the right wing of the fundamentalist camp. Before attending seminary, I would have told you being a fundamentalist simply meant women wore skirts and preachers used the KJV. This is a sad state of affairs. I now understand what authentic fundamentalism is, but my concern with fundamentalism going forward is that the majority of the churches may not reflect that reality.
I would like some input from some experienced hands here - the majority of my experience with fundamentalism thus far has been of the "skirts/KJV" stripe. Are there balanced fundamentalist churches out there!? Are they the exception instead of the rule? My concern is that if balanced fundamentalism, as expressed by Dr. McLachan above, is not reflected in reality - then isn't the skewed form of fundamentalism the real reality, for all intents and purposes?!
If we are able to achieve the balance Dr. McLachan suggests, we will go a long way towards getting back to what real fundamentalism is.