5. Young Evangelicals
Young Evangelicals are uniquely different from their parents. Like every generation, they tend to disagree with their parents on almost everything. This includes social justice, women’s reproductive rights, and marriage equality. CNN has a great article on this. Click here.
4. Economic Morality Matters Too
Christians understand that economic morality matters just as much to God as sexual morality. The difference is, the new generation of Christians realizes that economic morality is in the best interest of the nation. There is no need for biblical justification for it. It just makes good economic sense. Christians elected Republicans into office for the last generation. The result has not been the implementation of moral legislation; rather, it has been the implementation of economic immoral policies.
3. Protecting Gay Rights requires Protecting Religious Rights
This point requires much attention. Christians are bound to the Bible. While Christians may never openly approve of homosexuality, many are beginning to understand the true purpose of the Constitution. As long as we defend the Constitution, what Christians teach and believe will be protected along with Gay and Lesbian rights. The fact that they are at odds with one another does not matter. The Constitution doesn’t protect our religious freedoms by suppressing the rights of those with whom we disagree; it protects our religious freedoms by protecting their rights as well.
2. Without the Christian vote, there would be no Reagan or Bush.
1976 Evangelicals helped elect Jimmy Carter into office. After four years of courting by the GOP, Evangelicals shifted to the Republican Party. They gave Reagan the majority vote. This was repeated in 2000 and 2004. Imagine how the world would be without Reagan and Bush as presidents. In light of this, margins truly matter. Chipping away at the Evangelical-Republican coalition is not only politically wise; it is also the right thing to do. Why?
1. God is Not a Republican
The number one reason Democrats should reach out to Christian voters is because God is Not a Republican. Dems have relinquished the Christian vote to the Republican Party for the last thirty years. This is because Republicans use religious rhetoric while Democrats assert the separation of church and state. However, the separation of church and state does not mean ignoring an entire demographic. Evangelicals and Republicans have sullied the name of Christ and the reputation of Christians; nevertheless, Christianity, itself, is not the problem. The problem is the oppressive political agenda that the GOP has attached to Christianity. The solution is a liberating coalition between the Democratic Party and Christianity if for no other reason than to offer the nation an alternative religious-political viewpoint.
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Benjamin Dixon is an ordained reverend, former pastor, and the author of God is Not a Republican.