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Tis the season for the presidential race and the world analyzing how groups of people might affect the outcome. According to CNN.com, evangelicals are one of the largest pieces of the political pie who also vote early in the race. Although evangelicals may be lumped together based on faith, there are several variations on that theme ranging from both theological and generational differences:
…evangelicals rarely vote as a bloc, especially in the primaries. They disagree not only on the candidates but also on more basic principles like how active Christians should be in partisan politics.
This is how the popular media views the evangelical voting bloc:
- Old guard (Dobson, Hagee, Tony Perkins) – “Christian Nation”
- Institutionals (Rick Warren, Russell Moore) – “Who Can Win?”
- Entrepreneurials (Jerry Falwell, Jr.) – Don’t mind non-PC candidates
- Arm’s Length (John Piper; Timothy Keller) – don’t mix religion & politics
- Millennial Evangelists (Eric Teetsel, Johnnie Moore) – attuned to ‘religious pluralism”
- Liberal Evangelicals (Jim Wallis, Jimmy Carter) – 13% of evangelicals are liberal
- Cultural Evangelicals (don’t go to church or consider religion important) in name only
Why it’s important: you have ALL of these types in your church. And each one thinks they’re right.
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