Independent Christians

by Oct 29, 2007

An in-depth NYTimes Magazine article explores how the Republican-Evangelical-Industrial-Complex is quickly splitting apart:

“There was a time when evangelical churches were becoming largely and almost exclusively the Republican Party at prayer,” said Marvin Olasky, the editor of the evangelical magazine World and an informal adviser to George W. Bush when he was governor. “To some extent — we have to see how much — the Republicans have blown it.”

Obviously, there are some issues that evangelicals and (most) Republicans agree on. Abortion is the major one, and Christians need to join with anyone of like belief to confront it loudly. But there are many other questionable Republican practices, like their scorched-earth strategies for defeating Democrats at all costs, that evangelical leaders have remained silent about in their quest to get the people they like into office and keep them there. The silence comes across as an implicit endorsement.

God can accomplish his plan with or without the “right person” in the White House. To slightly tweak what Jesus said in Matthew 6, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then your political objectives will be added to you.”