White Gen X And Millennial Evangelicals Are Losing Faith In The Conservative Culture Wars | Talking Points Memo

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I could have told you this was going to happen 40 years ago.

I dumped religion as a teenager because the hypocrisy was just too damned much.

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From your lips to God’s ears!

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White Gen X And Millennial Evangelicals Are Losing Faith In The Conservative Culture Wars

Well, when you hang your hat on the work and promises of the devil incarnate – DJT – this bound to happen.

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This heartening, for certain. But I’d like to see more numbers as to how widespread this movement is.

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Not to nitpick, but Barrett is not an evangelical. She is catholic.

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Came here to say that.

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True, but as a former Catholic, I have watched the American church get closer and closer to the Evangelical Protestants over the years, while simultaneously pushing progressive and moderates away from their congregations. Aside from the occasional (very weak) pleas to focus more on social justice and racial harmony, there isn’t much daylight left between them.

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Wait. You’re telling me that top level Evangelicals blindly backing a known rapist/adulterer/con man/traitor who never stepped foot in a church, but would hold a Bible for a photo op…would disenfranchise the members with the overload of hypocrisy?

You don’t say.

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As a former Catholic myself (I now attend a Methodist church with my family), I found this thread interesting:

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There are multiple components to “support”. There’s the active participation in campaigns with time and money, there’s the passing along of memes and the conversations to convince other potentially like minded sorts, there’s the voting.

I think the most we can look for is that the next generation of white “christians” stays away from the polls a little, gives less money, and doesn’t align quite as loudly. Hoping that they will actually vote and mobilize according to Matthew 25:45 may be several bridges too far.

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Sounds like they’re paying more attention to what Jesus actually taught- forgive the faults of others and treat them the way you’d like to be treated, care for the poor and the sick, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless.

I hope.

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The mega-church and tele-evangelism movements have gone the opposite directions and they probably won’t change because it would hit the leaders in the pocketbook and that is their major motivation. Let’s hope they just slowly fade away but it will be a long process.

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Religiously unaffiliated, atheist, and agnostic Americans are the fastest growing group in the country according to Pew, while Christians of all denominations are decreasing.

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Today’s young religious moderate, is tomorrow’s conservative scourge. It’s surprising the number of women of the “pro-life” movement that had abortions in their youth, as well as those in the “abstinence” racket that have children from three different men.

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The “crisis” is Evangelicals have made Republican rightwing politics their religion and cover it with Christianese. I was in this cult for about 20 years and this is what I learned:

Evangelicals say “love your neighbor” and don’t love anyone who is not like themselves (and I’m pretty sure they only love themselves).
Evangelicals will say “pray for our leaders” and only pray for Republicans and never any Democrat (actually when a Democrat is elected President then that is “the Devil’s Work”.)
Evangelicals go berserk over abortion, but never follow any of the Scriptures about helping the poor, widows and orphans.
Evangelicals will still talk about Bill Clinton’s “sexual improprieties” but discard/claim Traitor Trump’s known immoralities (paying for a porn star, sexual assault, divorce, etc) and claim he is almost Jesus.
Evangelicals will claim the 10 Commandments are crucially important in their lives and go on to violate most, if not all of them.
Evangelicals will pick and choose parts of the Bible that supports their political and social beliefs and ignore those that don’t (and won’t even have a discussion about it).
Evangelicals believe in the “power of prayer”, but yet can rarely, if ever, explain that why what they want to happen is the “power of prayer” and what doesn’t happen is because their prayers don’t work.
Evangelicals will promote many racist lies, especially about minority politicians (see Barack Obama) and then claim they are not.
Evangelicals live in their own political and social make believe reality but claim it is God’s. If you ever read about Jesus, this absolutely doesn’t make sense.
Evangelicals don’t want to have any hard discussion about matters in the Bible, they just want you to agree to a certain screed that they wrote and follow it until you die.
There is many more, but since there have been younger Evangelicals, Rachel Held Evans comes to mind that just wanted to have conversations about troubling parts of the Bible and she was shot down and attacked by older Evangelicals, that they may believe in a God, but not an Evangelical God–a God that is a reflection of the hateful, racist white Evangelicals who claim they are on God’s side.

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It’s certainly a good thing to hear that evangelicals split along generational lines. You’d think that the abortion issue, for instance, would eventually die out, even in America, but this provides at least a smidgen of evidence that things could be changing for the better.

I am delighted to hear of a new term for those quitting the movement: exvangelical.

I’m wondering where the author finds the “Biblical text” that decrees that marriage is between one man and one woman. Certainly the implication can be found in parts of the Bible, but Solomon had many wives. Do evangelicals just not study that part?

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“Religion is the opium of the people”

Isn’t one opioid crisis at a time enough?

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My father was an evangelical pastor for over 50 years. He spent that time preaching love and acceptance, not hate and rejection. He focused on beatitudes and redemption, not sin and punishment. He believed in nourishment, encouragement and inclusion, not admonishment and division. And, he strongly supported the separation of church and state.

At 87, he is more adamant than ever that mixing religion and politics are detrimental to democracy. From his perspective, personal beliefs should be a choice and not forced on others, especially via the government/laws/justice system. Sure would be nice if a few more evangelicals would simply adopt the same philosophy, set aside their “Christian” armor, and get to work making this a better world vs. committing to ongoing culture wars.

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I’m confused. It seems like the author is talking about fundamentalists (bible=literal word of god), which is a bit more specific than evangelicals (spreaders of gospel). Or maybe my understanding is wrong. The findings are interesting either way.

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