Michael Tomasky wrote an article for The Daily Beast entitled, “The Coming GOP-Evangelical Divorce.” Certainly, marital bliss can seem elusive when there are signs of discord, even apparent “irreconcilable differences.” Moreover (to stay with the analogy), I will concede that someone may be sleeping on the couch, but it’s too early to call the divorce lawyer. Some good old-fashioned couples counseling might just do the trick, or a couples retreat. Whatever it is, these two need to reconnect on what brought them together in the first place.
My response in Real Clear Religion is entitled, “Evangelicals Won’t Stay Home.” The article itself is largely devoid of the cutesy marital analogies, but it comes back to the point that adherents of both ideologies (if I may use the word traditionally, without its contemporary baggage) can identify their notable points of agreement and create a unifying platform based on common, deeply-held values.
From the article on RCR:
In my own, sometimes bifurcated, life with evangelical Christian and secular libertarian parents, I learned that there is agreement on both the role of government and the importance of free markets to promote individual liberty, personal responsibility, and the success of individuals in a civil society. And it’s this kind of agreement that any good marriage counselor would remind a couple to come back to: What made you fall in love in the first place? What attracted you and brought you together? Libertarians and conservatives are among the men and women of principle who look to our country’s Founding Entrepreneurs to be reminded of what brings them together.
What do you think? Will Evangelicals and the GOP go their separate ways? Which of Michael Tomasky‘s points resonate with you? Are you more hopeful or less hopeful than I am about finding common ground? I look forward to reading your response.