“Evangelical” as a political label

I am reminding myself of this fact: it is a discussion about white evangelical voters. Here is the comment from David French:

The bottom line is that the percentage of white Americans identifying as Evangelical grew from 25 to 29 percent between 2016 and 2020, powered mainly by the fact that 16 percent of Trump supporters who didn’t identify as Evangelical in 2016 started considering themselves Evangelical by 2020.

Among non-white evangelical voters, the percentage was heavily in the other direction.

We aren’t gathering so much as “believers” any more as we are gathering around like-minded political believers:

The reason is simple—Republicans tend to live around Republicans. Supporting Trump in those circumstances isn’t alienating to your friends and neighbors. It’s a social lubricant.

We have issues across the board in American Christianity. Years ago I would ask my church on a consistent basis: “Are we Christians who happen to be Americans, or Americans who happen to be Christians?”

Over the past few years, it’s obvious the vast majority of white evangelicals (but broadly American Christians) have chosen the latter statement.

Much more HERE.

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