Cultural Revolutions

Drifting Away

As America drifts away from orthodox religious belief, God becomes less and less personal and more and more political.  The secular world surrounds and absorbs the spiritual.  In the 21st century, the Lord joins political parties, circulates petitions, stumps for candidates.  The Rev. Jesse Jackson, in a Chicago Sun-Times column, tells us that “[a] conservative Christian is a contradiction in terms . . . Jesus was a liberal . . . ”

Small wonder that evangelical Christians—accustomed to seeing God’s hand in the workings of the world—attributed the devastating consequences of Katrina and Rita to God’s anger over a variety of misbehaviors.  You would expect Pat Robertson to blame the winds and flooding on abortion, and he did (though he did not say—as reported by Dateline Hollywood—that Katrina was God’s punishment for allowing New Orleans-reared Ellen Degeneres to host the Emmy Awards).  Michael Marcavage, director of Repent America, went even further: “[W]e must not forget that the citizens of New Orleans tolerated and welcomed the wickedness in their city for so long . . . May this act of God cause us all to think about what we tolerate in our city limits, and bring us trembling before the throne of Almighty God.”

Surprisingly, however, many commentators attributed these disasters to a left-leaning deity,...

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