Today I wish to direct your attention to a post by Morgan Guyton. Guyton is a Methodist campus minister in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he blogs at Mercy Not Sacrifice.
In this post Guyton speaks of the religious right. Over the past three to four decades the religious right has conflated religious faith and political action in ways that all those godless liberal mainlines can only dream of. It has now come to the point where any sort of dialogue or negotiations with our political opponents is tantamount to apostasy.
But when that Donald Trump video surfaced a couple of weeks back, the religious right became toxic because it was inextricably linked to Donald Trump. Now evangelical leaders (many of them at least, there are still a few diehards holding out in spite of all good sense) are falling all over themselves to distance themselves from Donald Trump and declare the demise of the religious right, as if they never were a part of it. But is this for real? More change is needed, says Guyton, change that demonstrates a true spirit of repentance for all the religious right has done to poison our civil/political discourse and set back the cause of Christ, and not just a slick, strategic pivoting and rebranding.
So when I see religious right leaders pretending like they never were part of the religious right, it makes me very suspicious and cynical. I’ll believe the religious right is dead when I see the Gospel Coalition allow space in its platform for open dialogue with Christians who believe differently. I’ll believe the religious right is dead when Russell Moore sits down with the queer black Christian women who started Black Lives Matter with the expectation that they have something to teach him. I’ll believe the religious right is dead when Al Mohler starts denouncing every lie he encounters about Hillary Clinton simply because he believes in absolute truth. I hope that I’m surprised to find genuine repentance instead of strategic pivoting and rebranding. But I’m not holding my breath.