John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris on The False Gospel of Politics and Its Young, Overzealous Evangelists

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Have you seen the image of that woman during President Trump’s 2017 inauguration who threw back her head and screamed “NOOO!” like Luke Skywalker did when he found out Darth Vader was his father? Well, the woman has since become a meme. And while it’s always unacceptable to ridicule or belittle anyone made in the image of God, I remember an insightful remark about this woman’s show of emotion.

For her and for many others, the 2016 electoral results meant that hope itself was lost. For those who gnashed their teeth at the inauguration, politics had taken on the role of religion in their lives.

January’s cover story of TIME magazine all but admits this, although the hope is noticeably revived. Charlotte Alter, the author of the forthcoming book “The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,” makes no effort to hide the fact that for many millennials, political reform has become a kind of gospel—and they its evangelists.

In a few years, writes Alter, millennials will be a majority of the electorate, and with historically favorable views of socialism, low views of organized religion, and liberal views on sex and gender, the up-and-coming generation looks ready to reverse what older voters have tried to accomplish by electing conservatives.

Alter is not only okay with this, she’s more than okay. Her tone throughout the TIME article is triumphant. She can’t wait for millennial leaders and voters to transform America, nor does she expect their zeal to lessen, even as they age.

The odd thing throughout the article is that Alter never bothers to argue that these ultra-liberal views are true. For her, young voters’ passion to “change the world,” together with the fact that they’re young, are all the evidence she needs to know that they’re right.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris