I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for some time, but the final push came pretty recently.
A little background: in politics, it’s often said that “demographics are destiny.” Who we are plays a huge role in how we vote and how we engage in civil society more generally. Race, gender, age, education level and so on matter, and there’s a huge (and growing) split between the two major parties in terms of how each demographic group votes.
Of course, just one demographic characteristic only tells you so much. Men, for example, tend to be more conservative than women, but there are plenty of liberal men and conservative women. It’s the intersections between different demographic categories that are really revelatory – if we look at, for example, white non-college men, or non-white college-educated women, we learn significantly more.
Which brings me to this CNN article and a graphic found therein, based on an Edison Research poll. That poll broke down white voters in the 2018 midterms by gender, education level and religious affiliation. The very smallest bar on that graph, at just 19%, is white, college-educated, evangelical men who voted for Democrats.
Yep, that’s me.
Now, anyone who follows politics can tell you that that’s not terribly surprising. White evangelicals, and in particular white evangelical men, have been reliable conservative voters for a long time.
It may not be surprising, but in my view, it’s a wrong result. The more I dig into Scripture, the more honestly shocked I am that more evangelical Christians aren’t embracing liberal politics and policies. The more I engage with my faith, the more politically progressive I become.
I’m a white man who believes that there is one Trinitarian God, that the Bible is His inerrant and inspired word, that Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God, that He died for our sins, and that the way to the Father is to put faith in Him. I also strongly support universal healthcare, gun control, reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, LGBT rights, free higher education, free childcare, and a universal basic income and/or a $20 minimum wage. I believe that wealthy individuals and successful corporations should pay their fair share and be held accountable to workers, consumers and society at large. And I hold not only that these beliefs are in harmony, but in fact, that my political ideas follow necessarily from my faith.
So, that’s what I’m here to write about: the intersection between evangelical Christian theology and progressive politics.
Call it the “New Intersection.”