Evangelicalism And Its Present Troubles

After the forays of the Religious Right into politics in the 1980s, Evangelical leaders have been busy warning the church about seeking influence in the political. That is, until Trump became President. Now those same leaders can’t help themselves and have jumped into the political with both feet, but on the Left side of the pool.

Evangelicals voted for Trump in the range of 75%+, but not their leaders. In fact, in significant measure their leaders are turning on the Evangelical church at the same time they have Trump in their crosshairs. Evangelicalism is my home. I know it. I know its leaders, its books, its organizations, its history, its subculture, its subsets, its networks, etc. It is the air I breath. A rift is opening up between these leaders and their host churches.

They are using church resources to try to push the church left. I suspect that they are not willing to burden themselves with the umbrage mainstream culture is heaping on Pew Guy. They have made their peace with abortion and SSM. It does not come up in their discussions, teaching and writings. Their homage to these issues does not extend beyond a tip of the hat. By and large, they are comfortable enlisting the power of the State to tax for the purposes of their version of the Kingdom of God on earth.

We already know what happened to the Mainline denominations when they tried this. As many Evangelical leaders simply drift off to the Left, the distance between them and historically Evangelical movements and churches will increase. Pew Guy will wake up, is waking up, to this gap and realizing that their leaders do not speak for them.

As I have said, I am down to my fingernails a product of Evangelicalism. When it sneezes, I get a cold. I am getting lots of colds!! The virus of the Mainlines has now mutated to Evangelicalism, weakening its ability to stand as a bulwark against the crashing waves of moral fads and civilizationally dark forces. Trump or no Trump, my largest concern is the moral weakening and intellectual anemia of Evangelical leadership.

If Evangelicalism goes, the floodgates are open.

3 thoughts on “Evangelicalism And Its Present Troubles

  1. Don,

    Are you the Don Bryant who posted a response to John Fea’s piece “Evangelicals No Longer Speak as One Voice?”

    A.E. Davis

  2. Instead of contrasting the “Evangelical leader” and the “Evangelical pew guy,” would it not be more accurate to contrast “Evangelical pew guys” and the “Evangelical Left?”

    What is the relationship between the Evangelical Left (of which Professor Fea appears to be a part) and America’s ruling class? (Here, I use the term “America’s ruling class” in the same sense Professor Angelo Codevilla does in “The Rise of Political Correctness.” Claremont Review of Books, Vol. XVI, No. 4, Fall 2016.)

    On February 23rd, Professor Fea quoted from “The Revolt of the Elites” by the late Christopher Lasch. The passage he quoted is located in a chapter that is entitled “Does Democracy Deserve to Survive?” I assume Professor Fea has read the entire book. If he has, then he has read the following passage, “Opposition makes humanitarians forget the liberal virtues they claim to uphold. They become petulant, self-righteous, intolerant. In the heat of political controversy, they find it impossible to conceal their contempt for those who stubbornly refuse to see the light — those who ‘just don’t get it,’ in the self-satisfied jargon of political rectitude.” Revolt of the Elites, p. 28.

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