Is there any chance that conservative evangelicals will get behind Biden?

I wish I could be more optimistic about MSNBC’s Rick Tyler‘s op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Post.

Here is a taste:

There is a way out of this darkness. We have a new president, and evangelical leaders have a new opportunity. In just his first few days of service, President Biden has already demonstrated his Christian humanity and decency. Evangelicals won’t like every judge Biden will appoint, but many issues remain where a Biden administration and evangelicals can find common ground and work together to bear fruit, beginning with immigration reform that includes a compassionate asylum policy protecting life at the border. There is much work to be done in judicial reform and race relations. Perhaps there will be differences on environmental policies, but there should be much to agree on in being good stewards of our part of God’s creation.

But none of that is possible if the evangelical church chooses to settle for merely being one coalition partner to one political party.

True evangelicalism is so much bigger than that. It’s time for evangelical leaders to reject the false god of politics and its ideological binaries and return to their historical role of promoting justice, modeling grace and standing for truth. It’s a role that once helped with the work — and can help again — of making America “one nation under God” where life is cherished, liberty is advanced and happiness is only limited by our talent to pursue our dreams.

I hope Tyler turns out to be a prophet, but after watching conservative evangelicals closely these past few years, I just don’t see it happening. I am afraid that for most evangelicals voting Republican is now a marker of Christian faith. For some, supporting Joe Biden’s presidency is like making a deal with the devil.

Having said that, Tyler makes some strong points about evangelicals’ missed opportunity:

Imagine if they had chosen a different posture. Over the past four years, where moral leadership was absent, the evangelical church could have stood in the gap. Instead, its leaders held up their end of their political bargain by promoting Trump’s empty rhetoric and ignoring or excusing his real record. They pointed to puffed-up achievements such as winning a fake war on Christmas.

Read the entire piece here.