The 1980s saw the rise of the Moral Majority. If you don’t know what that is, the short version of it is that there was a Christian fellow who realized that through the power of our democratic process, his take on Christian ideals, shared by millions, could be mobalized into state policy. And it was a great idea. It’s the idea of a modern political party endowed with the divine right of kings.
The problems in that marriage came when the Moral Majority lost structure and the GOP wisely neglected to tell the conservative Christians that the partnership was over. Jerry Falwell’s trajectory of this relationship was so strong that inertia was low and it survived him.
Personally, I’ve seen first hand many church services that could be confused for a local Republican party meeting. If I ever had attending a Republican meeting, I’m sure that they’d do what they can to dress it up to continue to sell God’s blessing on the Grand Old Party, at least by opening with a prayer.
Cracks have been growing for years as people have realized that the party platform and the goals of the church don’t always see eye to eye and, more importantly, needn’t have to.
How happy was I when I read Emma Green, writing for The Atlantic, Liberty University Students Want to Be Christians—Not Republicans.