Check out what Asbury Theological Seminary's Ben Witherington has to say about the unholy alliance between Evangelicals and conservative politicians in the wake of the Midterm elections, the Ted Haggard scandal, and Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation. Witherington and I don't often agree on theological issues, but he is one of the world's best New Testament scholars, and is one of the most honest Evangelical figures. Like Duke's Stanley Hauerwas, his primary allegiance is to the Gospel, and so his views are often difficult to pin down. Simply put, he doesn't make many concessions to the culture of American power, making him a prophetic, even if conservative, voice.
Here's the money quote:
Until the Evangelical Church actually gets religion about the big ticket ethical items in the NT, it will not have much of a witness to the least, the last, and the lost, never mind to our global neighbors who are tired of our saber rattling. Why should anyone believe we believe in the sanctity of life when we vehemently oppose abortion but are strong advocates for capital punishment and war!! Over and over again. Our agendas are all too often not in sync with those of the NT writers on these issues.
Of course, that is but one of many incendiary passages in an Evangelical "come to Jesus."
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