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Why it’s wrong for evangelical leaders to anoint a GOP presidential candidate

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 18, 2012 | 12:24 pm

Good op-ed about the danger of evangelical politicking from Christianity Today’s editor in chief, David Neff. An excerpt:

The 150 evangelical leaders who met behind closed doors on January 14 to anoint a Republican candidate for President were wise not to have invited me.

I believe that Christians have an urgent duty to engage the social, economic, and moral threats to a healthy society. That requires a wide variety of political action. However, one thing it doesn’t call for is playing kingmaker and powerbroker.

By conspiring to throw their weight behind a single evangelical-friendly candidate, they fed the widespread perception that evangelicalism’s main identifying feature is right-wing political activism focused on abortion and homosexuality. In truth, it is hard to imagine the Religious Left in 2008 doing something similar: holding a conclave to decide whether they would throw their collective weight behind either Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama, unwilling to leave the Democratic primary results to the voters.

Read the rest here. Neff goes on to invoke and discuss the “Evangelical Manifesto,” a 2008 document drafted by many leading evangelicals that condemned the politicization of the evangelical community.

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