Today's Spokesman-Review (why log in when you can read it elsewhere?) published a Cal Thomas opinion piece in which he advises millions of evangelicals to follow the teachings of Jesus instead of trying to trying to use government to impose moral improvements or what I would characterize as their form of morality.
If results are what conservative Evangelicals want, they already have a model. It is contained in the life and commands of Jesus of Nazareth. Suppose millions of conservative Evangelicals engaged in an old and proven type of radical behavior. Suppose they followed the admonition of Jesus to “love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison and care for widows and orphans,” not as ends, as so many liberals do by using government, but as a means of demonstrating God’s love for the whole person in order that people might seek Him?
Such a strategy could be more “transformational” than electing a new president, even the first president of color. But in order to succeed, such a strategy would not be led by charismatic figures, who would raise lots of money, be interviewed on Sunday talk shows, author books and make gobs of money.
Ouch! Religious influence in government is a profitable business. Imagine if all that money was used to feed the hungry, etc. Imagine if evangelicals lived a life of unobtrusive piety and just showed by example of their lives what they were all about. Wouldn't that be something?
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