Though public support for both major political parties is very low,
one group of voters is usually exempted from this malaise: evangelicals.
It’s assumed that at least these “values voters” are getting what they
want. But we should look more carefully.
A sizable portion of
evangelicals have left the right, so to speak, in what the theologian
Scot McKnight called “the biggest change in the evangelical movement,”
nothing less than the emergence of “a new kind of Christian social
conscience.” These new evangelicals focus on economic justice,
environmental protection and immigration reform — not exactly
Republican strong points. The religious right remains a potent political
force, but where once there was the appearance of an evangelical
movement that sang out in one voice, there is now a robust polyphony.
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