Consider Howe’s argument after the jump. He is writing from an openly anti-Trump position. I doubt that he would criticize Milo’s gayness. I would think that he would laud the evangelical leaders who have been giving him a pass. But does Howe have a point anyway? Do you see an error in his reasoning? Didn’t Milo get taken down by a moral reaction? [Read more…]
A listener whose religious beliefs make him a political progressive asked NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben why we always hear about the Christian right, but seldom hear about the Christian left. Read her answer, after the jump, and then consider the points I make. [Read more…]
Donald Trump met with some 1000 evangelical leaders at Trump Tower in New York City yesterday. He promised them that he would end the ban on politicking for tax-exempt organizations like churches. He also said that he would appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices. He also said that he would emphasize religious liberty, including allowing government employees to offer sectarian prayer in public and making department store employees say “Merry Christmas.”
The Washington Post said that the attendees were thrilled with Trump, but his critics among evangelicals were not invited. One of them, recalling the movement’s former insistence on moral character, said that the spectacle marks “the end of the Christian right.”
What do you think about this?
There once was a time when evangelical voters favored candidates who were Christians and who modeled “family values.” Today the favorite candidate among evangelical voters is someone who says he has never repented of his sins, has been married three times, brags about his sexual conquests, and has made much of his fortune by building gambling casinos.
At least those who once called themselves “the moral majority” can no longer be accused of being “judgmental” in their politics.
Is this indifference to a candidate’s faith and morals a sign of political maturity in the Christian right?
Or is it the end of the Christian right, with its members caring more about such issues as immigration more than they do moral or religious issues? [Read more…]
Russell Moore–identified as one of those mythical “Lutheran Baptists“–is the new spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention on social issues. He is taking a different approach from the conventional political activist on the “Christian right.” He says that Christians have lost the so-called “culture wars” and that the loss of Christian cultural dominance may actually be good for the church. He says that Christians need to stop thinking of themselves as “the moral majority.” Instead, they have to see themselves as the “prophetic minority.”
After the jump, excerpts from a Wall Street Journal piece on Dr. Moore by the outstanding Christian writer Naomi Schaefer Riley, who interviewed him for her story. [Read more…]