On election day The American Spectator published this column. It is a follow-up to a piece I published with them last week. In both I essentially argue this: The American church is a sleeping giant, and its strategy for cultural transformation must include more than voting.
This is not an anti-voting message. I am in favor of Christians participating in the political process. I am not naive. Rather, we cannot expect enduring change in this nation if the whole of our civic engagement is voting. The Left has had political power for the last eight years. Did Obama’s executive orders, the Supreme Court’s rulings, or Congress’s legislation change your mind on the issues to which you are committed? Of course not. Political solutions are, at best, a stopgap. They don’t change hearts and minds.
Data indicates that America is becoming less Christian, not more Christian. Abraham Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.” At present, that philosophy is largely godless. American universities have become incubators of radicalism. That means we will continue to become less Christian unless our strategy is expanded to include a very old strategy.
It’s called The Great Commission.
Now that the election is over, my thesis is more relevant than ever. According to exit polls, evangelicals voted for Trump over Hillary 81 percent to 16 percent. Regardless of who you voted for and why you voted for them, that 81 percent figure is attention-grabbing. It means that evangelicals, who number 1 in 4 of the U.S. population, were the core group that powered Trump into the end zone. Here’s the point: What if Christians flexed this kind of muscle in much more than the voting booth? It would change America in more ways than who occupies the White House.
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