In 2005, no less a publication than Christianity Today wrote, “George W. Bush is not Lord … The American flag is not the Cross. The Pledge of Allegiance is not the Creed. ‘God Bless America’ is not Doxology.”

For Christianity Today to have so declared must mean that someone at the time indeed did think all those things – and in fact, that the religious right in the United States had gotten a loud microphone for forty or so years, positioning itself as the Republican Party at prayer.

But with Christianity Today’s rejection of the conflation between political party and gospel, clearly something was up. Theologian Scot McKnight called it “the biggest change in the evangelical movement at the end of the twentieth century, a new kind of Christian social conscience.”

It appeared that at least some evangelicals had left the right, moving towards an anti-militarist, anti-consumerist focus on poverty relief, environmental protection, immigration reform and racial/religious reconciliation.

Continue Reading on