(Christianity Today) David Neff—Why Jan. 14 Political Conclave of Evangelical Leaders Was Dangerous

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The 150 evangelical leaders who met behind closed doors on January 14 to anoint a Republican candidate for President were wise not to have invited me.

I believe that Christians have an urgent duty to engage the social, economic, and moral threats to a healthy society. That requires a wide variety of political action. However, one thing it doesn't call for is playing kingmaker and powerbroker.

By conspiring to throw their weight behind a single evangelical-friendly candidate, they fed the widespread perception that evangelicalism's main identifying feature is right-wing political activism focused on abortion and homosexuality. In truth, it is hard to imagine the Religious Left in 2008 doing something similar: holding a conclave to decide whether they would throw their collective weight behind either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, unwilling to leave the Democratic primary results to the voters.

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Posted January 20, 2012 at 5:15 am

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1. Dan Crawford wrote:

“Dangerous”? This group honestly believes the original Messiah wasn’t sufficient - relatively clear thinking Christians ignore them.

January 20, 1:33 pm | [comment link]


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