How Evangelicals Can Maximize Their Political Influence

Military strategy teaches that wars are lost by employing available forces piecemeal—sending one unit to fight at a given time at one location on the battle front and another unit to another location at a different time. Instead, wars are won by attacking with unified force such as the Allies did on D-Day.

Liberals observe this principle of war. Their unified assault on anyone failing to cave to their agenda manifests itself daily. We observed this unified liberal assault here in North Carolina related to the bill opposing transgender bathrooms. The news media framed those supporting the bill as bigots, big corporations threatened economic punishment, sports leagues withdrew scheduled playoff games, and the president issued an executive order threatening loss of government funds.

Evangelicals manifest just the opposite approach. If evangelicals engage politically at all, they tend to do so piecemeal. Rather than churches, denominations, and parachurch organizations mobilizing a joint offensive, each tends to do its own thing—engages in its own battle, which results in limited success. The American Family Association is doing battle with Target over the transgender bathroom issue, and though it is realizing limited success, imagine the impact if the entire evangelical community joined in this effort.

A recent article by Family Research Council reported on its efforts to unify pastors to engage in the political/cultural struggle. This constitutes a step in the right direction, but it only comprises the first steps. It would be tremendously encouraging if a preponderance of denominations, independent churches, and other parachurch organizations participated in this effort, enabling the evangelical community to speak with one voice politically and culturally. That unified voice would possess the power to shape American government and culture.

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