I am one of those evangelicals who, in Professor Marcia Pally’s words, have “left the right.” As a former President-elect of the Christian Coalition of America, I resigned that position and all other positions that would box me into ideologies that were becoming insidiously narrow and negative. As a 64-year-old pastor, I may not yet be representative of my generation or profession in my political openness, but I am one of a growing number of white evangelicals who are making biblically-based decisions on an issue-by-issue basis, in a wider circle of conversations than ever. We are put off by the “hardening of the categories” that is stifling not only intellectually, but also spiritually.Read the rest of A return to the original agenda of Christ.
Dr. Joel Hunter is a Pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed. He served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2009 to 2010. Since 2011, he has served on the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.