17 Rachel Held Evans Quotes That Prove Her Legacy Lives On

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Rachel Held Evans will always live on through her work.

Rachel Held Evans Quotes

The recent passing of Rachel Held Evans' to progressive Christians, everyone inspired by her, and all her friends and family. Rachel is someone who will long be remembered, leaving behind an incredible legacy. We gathered 17 of Rachel Held Evans' quotes on social justice, religion, and feminism that are symbolic of better world she worked toward.

If you find yourself inspired by Rachel's quotes, you may want to look into her books. I'd recommend Searching for Sunday and Inspired.

She may have died young, but Rachel lived a full life, leaving behind path of progressive Christianity she inspired many others to take and will continue to do so in the future.

Incredible Quotes By Rachel Held Evans

• "When we refer to 'the biblical approach to economics' or the biblical response to politics' or 'biblical womanhood,' we're using the Bible as a weapon disguised as an adjective."

• "While the word charity connotes a single act of giving, justice speaks to right living, of aligning oneself with the world in a way that sustains rather than exploits the rest of creation. Justice is not a gift; it's a lifestyle, a commitment to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam—'repairing the world.'"

• "This is what God's kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes. And there's always room for more."

• "I don't know why Christians keep fighting over which is better-singleness or marriage-when it seems rather obvious, both from Scripture and from Church history, that both can glorify God."

• "And so, at least symbolically, the blood of Eve courses through each one of her daughters' veins. We are each associated with life; each subject to the impossible expectations and cruel projections of men; each fallen, blamed, and misunderstood; and each stubbornly vital to the process of bringing something new--perhaps something better--into this world...We are each an Eve."

Amazing Rachel Held Evans Quotes

• "I want to prepare tables in the wilderness, where everyone is welcome and where we can go on discussing (and debating!) the Bible, science, sexuality, gender, racial reconciliation, justice, church, and faith, but without labels, without wars."

• "But the gospel doesn't need a coalition devoted to keeping the wrong people out. It needs a family of sinners, saved by grace, committed to tearing down the walls, throwing open the doors, and shouting, "Welcome! There's bread and wine. Come eat with us and talk." This isn't a kingdom for the worthy; it's a kingdom for the hungry."

• "What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance."

• "Rather than wearing out my voice in calling for an end to evangelicalism's culture wars, I think it's time to focus on finding and creating church among its many refugees - women called to ministry, our LGBTQ brother and sisters, science-lovers, doubters, dreamers, misfits, abuse survivors, those who refuse to choose between their intellectual integrity and their faith or their compassion and their religion, those who have, for whatever reason, been 'farewelled.'"

• "Ours is indeed a culture that tends to assign value to a woman based on her sex appeal rather than her character, and that's something we must work to change."

• "Christianity isn't meant to simply be believed; it's meant to be lived, shared, eaten, spoken, and enacted in the presence of other people."

Inspiring Quotes From Rachel Held Evans

• "What I love about the ministry of Jesus is that he identified the poor as blessed and the rich as needy...and then he went and ministered to them both. This, I think, is the difference between charity and justice. Justice means moving beyond the dichotomy between those who need and those who supply and confronting the frightening and beautiful reality that we desperately need one another."

• "I'm ready to stop waging war and start washing feet."

• "I have come to regard with some suspicion those who claim that the Bible never troubles them. I can only assume this means they haven't actually read it."

• "We need to stop building our churches around categories and start building them around people."

• "My friend Adele describes fundamentalism as holding so tightly to your beliefs that your fingernails leave imprints on the palm of your hand...I think she's right. I was a fundamentalist not because of the beliefs I held but because of how I held them: with a death grip. It would take God himself to finally pry them out of my hands."

• "Millennials aren't looking for a hipper Christianity. We're looking for a truer Christianity, a more authentic Christianity. Like every generation before ours and every generation after, we're looking for Jesus-the same Jesus who can be found in the strange places he's always been found: in bread, in wine, in baptism, in the Word, in suffering, in community, and among the least of these."

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