Politics and Religion
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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clinton from the 2016 presidential primary campaigns. (Link) ©2017 Aaron Stipkovich
The New Evangelicalism
One thing about the USA is that there is no lack of some sort of Christianity. It is, simply put, a Christian country. The mention of the Republican Party would always conjure up ideas of the more evangelical form of Christianity. Evangelicalism is divided into progressive evangelicals, conservative evangelicals, and the moderate evangelicals. This "kind of" Christianity has been growing in stature and has become central to the American culture over the years. It has taken the past 250 years for these changes to be seen. It developed to the point of being, what Finn calls, "an Apocalyptic Movement" (Finn, 2015).
Evangelicalism is defined in "a diverse number of Protestant traditions, denominations, organizations, and churches." It is centered on the gospel – specifically the Biblical verse in Matthew 16:15: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Furthermore, it is about the practical application of the Biblical text. The "key doctrines and practical emphasis" starts with conversion, the change of a life, taking action as a believer, and the Bible at the central the individual's life (Eskridge, 2012).
Evangelicalism has become an intricate part of the American Christian history, to the point of becoming a central part of the political world of the USA. Thus, in reality, it became an intricate part of the Republican Party, as many Americans have adopted the evangelical version of Christianity. The 1954 version of the Pledge of Allegiance reflected this, and that is an indication of the growth of the "popularity" of evangelicalism. Nathan Finn states that American evangelicalism was often set outside of the broader American religious experiences, but as seen over the 250 years, it is now an inherent trait of the broader American population (Finn, 2015).
As said here, the evangelical movement is now intrinsically linked to politics in the USA. The fact is that the majority of the Republicans are regarded as evangelicals. However, there has been a decline in the institutional support of evangelicalism. Thus, evangelical strategies, as well as the number of evangelicals are far less than in the past. According to Dickerson (2012), only "7 percent of Americans" are currently seen as evangelicals. Many young people are leaving the church, and are no longer interested in having faith in God. Even the schools in the USA have removed all religious practices – in particular Christian practices such as prayer in the classrooms, or even prayer on the school premises. Therefore, a younger generation is growing up with the lack of the key doctrines and practical emphasis that is based in conversion.
With evangelicalism on the decline, the moral decline of the US nation could be highly contributed to this. Enter the politics of the day – the choice of a candidate has become significantly precarious. The Democrats are often set against the background of a perceived immorality, laziness, and dishonesty, more so than other Americans. This is in the view of most Republicans. In return, the democrats think of Republicans as "more closed-minded (www.latimes.com). The reality is, though, that in analyzing the evangelicals, who are virtually synonymous with Republicanism in the United States of America, politics in the American context is on the brink of a diabolical change in all of its entire history, internally as well as externally.
Bernadette Ontong, Contributing Writer: I have been a freelance writer for the last seven years. I also dabble in design, and take a stab at being an editor too. Writing is a way of expressing my creativity and giving wings to to the knowledge I aquire. Writing is about fulfillment and the added benefit of receiving rewards for it. (more...)