Back in the day, as we say, the evangelical left dominated that branch of the faith.
In the 1970′s, there were evangelical conferences and public statements on behalf of the poor and racial minorities. They used Biblical scriptures to justify their liberal positions.
Still today I read that some 1/3rd of evangelicals call themselves progressives. If evangelical conservatives are going to become majority liberals, they are not starting from zero.
The Moral Majority captured so many minds among evangelicals. While there were many issues that gave a boost to the Moral Majority, gay rights has to be a big one. As I understand it, anti gay sentiment was Jerry Falwell’s biggest fund raising vehicle.
If it is true gay rights gave conservative evangelicals a big boost, is there anything to replace it after this issue evaporates? I don’t know of one.
In the book discussed below, it is said evangelicalism is not inherently left or right politically. It seems to me it only gravitates in one political direction or another based on the force of political personalities that happen to come along.
Current TV personalities carry on with the same messages as Falwell and his fellow travelers. There is nothing in history or theology that says this will go on forever.
My guess is if we all live long enough, we will see the huge political personality come along who makes a persuasive case the Bible is a manual of the left.