Unprofitable Servant wrote: First, thanks to Becca from Maryland for the great and insightful comment. Second, let us hear from others on Jim from Lincoln's comment. I will admit most the people in the church I attend would more than likely vote republican. We don't take polls so I cannot guarantee that. However, I don't believe I have met any that are evangelical Republicans first and Christians as an afterthought. Politics doesn't get as much discussion time as sports, work, or family issues. Anybody else notices that those with whom they have fellowship put their conservative politics ahead of their Christianity? or is this just a straw man?
Up here in Maryland, you don't see this too much (you moreso see Word of Faith, an unhealthy emphasis on numerical attendance, and some Purpose Driven occasionally). Glad to hear you're not seeing it too much in your neck of the woods. Brannon Howse is a radio host who lives in Tennessee and he has seen a lot of this just across the board. I think what Jim is talking about is pretty much what Brannon means when he says that some Christians have "put the flag above the cross." Brannon's new book Religious Trojan Horse should address this as he has talked a lot about this issue on his radio show. God bless.
I thought that the author did not define the success of the American church very well. Our success or power is not determined by our political prowess but by how much we depend on God's Spirit to live daily. I also don't think that the churches and people he used as a presence for "evangelicalism" (ie, Rick Warren, Tim Keller) were good examples. I agree that the American church is in decline, but not for the reasons he said in the article. Sure, Christians have made mistakes and have said things in a certain way that although true, were wrong because of their attitude or motive. But our error as Christians, imo, is that we haven't preached the Gospel *enough*, nor have lived it enough, because it hasn't overall meant enough to us. The population decline in the church is not due to our irrelevance but is due to the fact that the Bible said that people would fall away from the faith in latter times and want to hear things that itch their ears. But the spiritual decline of the church is due to both pastors' and professing Christians' hardening of hearts and their acceptance of false doctrine. Perhaps in a way, population decline may be good for us. The church in US has boasted of numerical success for so long, I long for the body of Christ to be a more cohesive body united by trut