Evangelicals and the Tea Party

Mark Tooley writes about evangelicals and the Tea Party. It’s worth a read. The fact is that evangelicals are trying to find a political home, and having danced a bit with Jim Wallis are finding that it’s not as comfortable as it thought it would be. The fact is that Wallis wants the power of the state for the church as much as Jerry Falwell was supposed to have wanted it, too. He wants the state to enforce the experience of the early church in Acts 2:44-45.  “And all who believed were together and had all things in common.  And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”  The historical evangelical distrust of the state, even when it seeks morality in legislation, doesn’t set well with Wallis’ statism. They just can’t dance to that tune for too long.

I think Tooley is right. The current economic and political climate is moving evangelicals at light speed away from its flirtation with being hip and progressive. It might not know where it wants to go but it’s showing signs that Sojourners isn’t it.

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