My previous post asserted that maximizing evangelical influence requires unity.
I am not suggesting that evangelical churches and denominations integrate into one body. Rather, they need to invest their combined political influence in a single entity. Movement in that direction can be seen in Watchmen on the Wall, the organization already functioning under the Family Research Council. Perhaps there are other evangelical organizations better positioned to serve this function. My concern is that evangelical churches, denominations, parachurch organization, and other evangelical entities select the most advantageous one and invest their political capital in it—allow it to represent the evangelical community in addressing political and cultural issues.
It is difficult to estimate the number of evangelicals in the United States, primarily because of the various definitions of evangelical. However, it seems that about ten percent of the almost 320 million Americans are committed evangelicals. That would mean that the evangelical community embodies about 20 million adults with their finances, votes, expertise, networks of friends, and other means of influence. If this bloc spoke with one voice, it could make a significant impact on our nation.
Why is this needed? Beginning in the 1960’s, America’s Christian culture was replaced by the hippie culture. That perspective, which has dominated our nation ever since, has turned us into a “post-Christian” society. The result has been the economic, judicial, governmental, educational, military, and moral rot that characterizes our society today. Our national survival and well-being depend on the restoration of our Christian culture. That requires substantial influence.
President Trump is doing some of that work, but much of it, especially spiritual restoration, must be achieved by the evangelical church. Only by speaking as a one voice will evangelicals possess the muscle to accomplish that task.