I just bought my current issue of Relevant magazine from the local Christian bookstore this afternoon and read an interesting article about where many of today’s young evangelicals are at politically. Brett McCracken’s article: “A change we can believe in?” really hits the nail on the head as to how some young evangelicals feel about politics and how they vote. Even though I tend to be conservative on many issues, I can relate to some of what McCracken says concerning young evangelicals. I think his assessment is fairly realistic and open-minded because I feel there is a change in the undercurrent that many of us don’t see. Here’s a brief blurb:
….Even though young evangelicals veered farther to the left this election, their older counterpoints actually voted in higher percentages for McCain than they did for Bush.
“We’re seeing that younger generations are more and more concerned with living a life that is consistent with the teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ than they are with towing a particular party line,” Merritt told PBS.
Indeed, fewer and fewer young evangelicals are identifying with old-school Republicanism. They may side with Republicans because of issues like abortion, but when it comes to Reagan-style economic philosophies or Cold War-infused, us-vs.-the-world foreign policies, many young Christians are finding more in common with the left.
…Rather than tow a particular party line, young evangelicals are increasingly more concerned with simply living a life that is defined by and consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ. That can mean Democrat or Republican, but most often it means both and neither. Two parties cannot contain the cause of Christ, many Christians would say. And as such, many of us feel trapped between a rock and a hard place.”
I don’t entirely relate to this but I do feel this is why some of our younger evangelicals really feel inspired by President Barack Obama’s speeches. I know he does inspire me.
Where do you stand as a younger or older Christian voter? Can you relate to feeling trapped between a rock and a hard place, or do you feel strongly one way or another?
You can read the entire article here (see p. 38).