Graphic designers critique Ted Cruz’s campaign logo (www.read.bi/1FBNBsQ), saying it looks like a teardrop or a burning flag. Some also note similarities to al-Jezeera’s logo, among others.This designer thinks they’re missing the likely influence: To me it looks like a Pentecost-y church logo. (I’m sure I’ve seen very similar church logos.)Which means, yeah, it looks like a burning flag.
Cruz is on fire, after all. Cruz, who is Southern Baptist, could also appeal to conservative Pentecostal voters who tend to vote along more conservative lines. Depending on how you count, LifeWay Research’s Ed Stetzer writes, as many as half a billion Christians around the world are connected with traditions that teach that Christians have spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues and prophecy, including Pentecostals.
Pentecostals believe that Christians today have supernatural gifts provided by the Holy Spirit that they were given on the day of Pentecost, as told in Acts 2. Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostalism, which has an estimated 300 million followers.
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who ran as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential candidate, put Pentecostalism under the spotlight. Pentecostals make up 4.4 percent of the U.S. adult population, accounting for 13 percent of members of evangelical churches and 14 percent of members of historically black churches.
Pentecostals are socially, racially, economically and geographically diverse. About 70 percent of them are white, 19 percent are Latino and 7 percent are black. Pentecostal leaders like T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn and Reinhard Bonnke are enormously popular in places like India and Africa.
We could go on all day.
(This post has been updated.)
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