This Sunday, on MSNBC, political pundit and former Chair of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean gave his take on the state of the current GOP, saying it has “the same meaning as evangelical Christianity with young people, intolerance, bigotry and a lack of respect, not just for women but for anybody who is not on their team.”
That’s not the comparison I was hoping for.
And, it compelled me to write on the subject in USAToday, but more on that in a moment.
If we were to step back and look at the big picture, we may find some truth in the comparison Howard Dean is making. Evangelicals have, after all, aligned themselves strongly with the GOP and the current president in such a way that surprises many.
President Trump is his own storm. Whether you see him draining the swamp or blowing hot air, evangelicals have walked into the cultural storm that surrounds this president.
So, when Dean links us together, that is understandable. And, of course, we need to be careful about a too-close-for-comfort commitment to any political party.
Yet, as I wrote in my recent article in USA Today, although Dean’s correlation of the GOP with evangelical Christians is understandable, it is nevertheless incomplete and unfair.
I wrote in USA Today:
Many of us believe that too many evangelicals have grasped for political influence at the expense of some evangelical values. Most of us are well aware that the current political mood has been unhelpful to evangelicals.
Yet, while I understand Dean’s conclusion, I disagree with his assessment. Why? Because so many evangelical Christians defy his description.
And these believers will, again, be quietly living out their faith this week.
So, what do we do now? How should Christians respond in the midst of the cultural storm? I think how we respond to an actual storm is key to how we might respond in the cultural storm. It’s a key thesis in my new book, Christians in the Age of Outrage.
Jesus’ model is why evangelical Christians all over the U.S. are planning to bring comfort to hurricane victims. They’re preparing to help people of all different backgrounds because that is what Jesus commands and modeled. We are called to show and share his love to a broken and hurting world. No exceptions. Even when it costs.
Where do we go from here?
I want to share three ways those of us committed to Christ and to his mandate to be witnesses in his world can respond to the accusations of Dean and others.
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Source: Christianity Today