EVANGELOCHAM [ih-van jel’ o kam]

[evangel: 1300–50; Middle English  < 1585–95;  < Late Latin evangelus  < Greek euángelos  (adj.) bringing good news. (see eu-, angel); replacing Middle English evangile  < Middle French.]  [Chameleon: 1300–50;  variant of chamaeleon  < Latin  < Greek chamailéōn,  equivalent to chamaí  on the ground, dwarf (akin to humus) + léōn lion;  replacing Middle English camelion. WIKIPEDIA: “The primary purpose of color change in chameleons is social signaling, with camouflage secondary.”]

Short, more hip version of EVANGELOCHAMELEON

  1. An evangelical, most likely a leader, who continually changes and adjusts his/her public persona, beliefs, doctrines, allegiances, and/or alliances.
  2. A fickle evangelical, most likely a leader, who is constantly reinventing his belief system, riding the crest of the wave of any new popular movements to deconstruct the Bible and its theology, especially including those movements he has personally helped to initiate and from which he profits.
  3. An evangelical public figure who is able to sustain popularity regardless of his/her controversial associations, questionable beliefs, peculiar antics, irreverent behaviors, criminal acts, faux pas, unbiblical allegiances, sordid affairs, and other decidedly un-Christian or bizarre activities.
  4. An evangelical leader, described above, who hires a public relations firm, or otherwise utilizes the skills of handlers and spinmeisters, in order to continually upgrade his/her public image, especially in order to avoid controversy or exposure, and/or to counter negative stories in the media.
  5. An evangelical spin doctor.
  6. An evangelical addicted to change.

“My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:” (Proverbs 24:21)

Adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chameleon and www.dictionary.com

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