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Reforming evangelicalism

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Our conservative Evangelical community has long embraced partisan Republican politics as the vehicle for attaining their goals regarding gay and abortion rights due to their historic inability to persuade the American people to their perspective.

Mr. Michael Gerson with the Washington Post Writers Group and speech writer for President Bush, lamented in his article, “Evangelicals have Been Reshaped” on October 30, that the current evangelical community has lost their “taste for character” in their support of our president and he criticized them for their willingness to turn a blind eye to our president’s corrupt and cruel policies.

As a person of faith and as someone who pays attention to all things political in my capacity as an instructor of American Politics at Gonzaga University, over the last couple of decades our Evangelical community has evolved into something hardly recognizable from the perspective of our gospels. These brothers and sisters have become little more than an adjunct of the Republican Party which, in turn has evolved into an institution more interested in protecting President Trump than the country.

I agree with Mr. Gerson’s assessment that the reform of evangelicalism is up to the next generation. I see the same thing in my students at Gonzaga and it gives me faith in our upcoming generations’ desire and ability to right some of these wrongs. I encourage all of us to be more intentional about finding ways to support them in their efforts to reform our religious and political institutions.

Thomas P. Robinson, Attorney, retired. Instructor, Political Science Department, Gonzaga University

Spokane


 

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