Albert Mohler on the Myth of the Dangerous Evangelical
One of the secularists’ favorite attacks on Christians is that we are trying to turn the U.S. into a “theocracy.” This dubious claim is propagated by those who believe that religious belief must be checked at the door when discussing political matters in order to maintain the “wall of separation” between church and state. As common sense should tell you, however, it is impossible to keep your worldview from influencing your political positions. Just as the secularist would never dare to put aside the tenets of secularism when engaging in politics, no one should be expected to eject their concept of reality, even if it were possible to do so.
In a recent editorial on CNN.com, Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, argues that the real reason secularists don’t want us in politics is that they don’t like the issues for which we advocate. As Mohler points out, though, the notion that evangelicals are “dangerous” to public discourse is more of a political ploy than an actual fear. As election season rolls around and this mantra is repeated over and over again, let us all celebrate the freedoms we have that ensure we can participate in the public square, no matter what our religious affiliation is.