The Collapse Of Evangelical Leadership Was Inevitable, But Its Resurrection Isn’t

American evangelicalism is declining in numbers, influence and credibility. Those evangelical leaders who are dissatisfied with its current direction face a choice: Whether to stay on the “E” train and attempt to change the direction, or to simply leave it.

Gregory Boyd was among the rare voices within traditionally conservative evangelicalism to show any distinctive courage and moral clarity. “We have become intoxicated with the Constantinian, nationalistic, violent mindset of imperialistic Christendom,” he wrote in his 2007 book, Myth of A Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church. “The evidence is all around but nowhere clearer than in the simple, oft-repeated slogan that we Christians are going to ‘take America back for God.’”

Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham, right, with President Donald Trump. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Boyd seemed exceptionally insightful and brave within the evangelical tent. His criticisms didn’t flow from an outsider or liberal point of view; they derived from his moral certainty that a truly Biblical lifestyle would transcend the passions of conventional partisanship and tribalism. If the Kingdom of Heaven was real, it wouldn’t so thoroughly overlap with the platform of any earthly party.

Yet few evangelicals leaders listened to prophetic inside voices like Boyd. And when the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 struck, they again had an opportunity to point American society toward something higher and nobler than commodity consumerism. Instead they nurtured their flocks’ grievances and turned up the culture wars.
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