What? Evangelical != Republican?

There’s a very interesting article in this Sunday”s New York Times about an Evangelical church in Minnesota that has (somewhat) rejected the Republican party”s stranglehold on their church. The Senior Pastor, Greg Boyd preached a series of sermons on the hot issues (morality, abortion, taking back the country for God, etc – all of these are linked off the NYT article). The result? Maybe up to 1,000 of 5,000 members left, but those who stayed had interesting things to say. Some of the comments reflect the peer pressure that Christian Republicans place on other Christians to vote and think Republican – or else! It can be difficult to speak up and not agree with the current set of Republican talking points if you are in an Evangelical church today.

It looks like Greg Boyd has written a book based on the sermon series that the article is based on: The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church. I might have to get a copy. I wonder if this will be a start of a trend?