They should be.
Recently I typed the word “hypocrite” and “evangelicals” into a search engine. Here are just some of the articles I found. Nearly all of them are written by non-evangelicals:
Are evangelicals bothered by this? Has anyone stopped to consider that our political choices are hurting our Gospel witness in the world? Some conservative evangelicals will be quick to say that the kind of articles I listed above represent a form of persecution. The “world,” they will say, does not understand the foolishness of the Gospel. They will say that we should expect this kind of criticism from the unbelieving world. This view must be rejected. Why? Because the criticisms in the articles above are mostly accurate and fair. They should force all evangelicals to look in the mirror.
I usually don’t dabble in the kind of providentialism that leads one to claim that Donald Trump is a new King Cyrus, but perhaps, just perhaps, God is using the unbelieving world to rebuke American evangelicals for their hypocrisy. (Providentialism can take us in a lot of different directions. Once we open the door to it, the possibilities are endless. This is why it is not a very useful tool for making sense of our world–past and present. Right now we see through a glass darkly).
Recently, in a class I am teaching at my church on Christianity and politics, we were discussing the core tenets of American evangelicalism. One of those tenets is evangelism. If evangelicals are indeed committed to sharing our faith in this world, and being “salt and light” in the culture, then shouldn’t this somehow factor into our political choices? Should we be casting our lot with political candidates who will make it more difficult to bear witness to our faith? When opportunities arise to testify to the “reason for the hope that is in you” must we always begin with a caveat explaining why we did or did not vote for Donald Trump? Don’t laugh– I have already heard multiple stories from folks who are finding it much more difficult to talk about their faith with non-Christians.
When did tax cuts and Supreme Court justices become central to the proclamation of the “good news” in the world?