Atlanta Jounral Constitution: New evangelicals: Green, not liberal
Over the last year and a half, an increasing number of evangelical leaders have pronounced their concern about global warming, had the audacity to frame the argument in moral terms, and called for action to protect future generations. This new development has the nation's Democratic strategists rubbing their hands in anticipation and Republicans looking for liberal activists behind the every new expression of evangelical environmentalism.
The new expressions of what we as evangelicals call creation-care, as well as other initiatives by conservative evangelicals on issues such as rescuing Darfur, assisting African AIDS victims, and protecting human rights, are introducing new realities to the political and ecclesiastical landscape.
Certainly the new evangelicals are more difficult to figure out, enthuse, and mobilize than the Republican Party has come to expect. But it's a mistake for the Democratic Party to assume that evangelicals who are looking through new lenses, including green ones, are drifting to the left and are ready to abandon the issues that have kept them in the Republican fold.
The clearest way to explain the majority of American evangelicals, including the new — often young — evangelicals is that they are increasingly embracing a total life ethic. ....