LOUISVILLE -- Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith. Otherwise, more of them might support the openly Christian candidate, Sen.
Dr. Mohler noted that "G0D and Politics" wasn't meant to be "either/or," and he was right. Christians have the freedom, he said, even the obligation, to speak to leadership and culture from a biblical viewpoint. Right again, but my main point was that in an increasingly secular society, conservative Christians must find a better way to make their message heard, if they hope to prevail, especially on social issues. To quote a biblical passage they should be "wise as serpents, but harmless as doves."
The difficulty facing conservative Christians today is revealed in research conducted by the
To underscore its findings, Barna reported that between 2013 and 2015, "the percentage of Americans who qualify as 'post-Christian' rose by seven percentage points," from 37 percent to 44 percent.
This tracks with what the
Before secularists start rejoicing they should consider what happens to nations that abandon faith, or transfer faith to political leaders whose unwillingness to solve problems is behind much of the anger and frustration in both parties.
Religious language infused the nation's founders and even the late liberal icon, Justice
That Christians seem to be losing ground in what has erroneously been called the "culture war" may not be a bad thing. It might force them to re-think their primary calling, which is to a kingdom "not of this world." By following the instructions and example of Jesus of Nazareth to love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, care for widows and orphans and love your neighbor as yourself, the result might be what they are seeking in politics, but can never find: a bubble-up "morality" that results from transformed hearts, which cannot come through politics.
During the SBTS conversation I quoted
That we focus too much on politics -- a faith in its own right -- when it consistently has demonstrated it cannot address our deepest needs is an indication of how sick we have become. Rather than despair, Christians should recall where real power comes from and apply it as the early church did when it was the target of persecution.