ere's someone else who evidently disagrees with my opposition to transforming the evangelical movement into a political lobby:
Brian McLaren, a former pastor who spent 24 years in the pulpit and is now an informal adviser to the Obama campaign, believes that a significant portion of evangelical voters are ready to break from their traditional home in the the Republican Party and take a new leap of faith with Obama.
"I think there's a very, very sizable percentageI think between a third and halfof evangelicals, especially younger [evangelicals], who are very open to somebody with a new vision," McLaren said.
I'm inclined to think McLaren's numbers are inflated ("between a third and half of evangelicals" voting for Obama)unless you take George Barna's and Christianity Today's broad and fairly meaningless definitions of what constitutes an "evangelical." But I'm quite sure McLaren is right that the tide is turning, especially among younger churchgoers. No wonder. Evangelicals have been doing practically everything but teaching doctrine for the past 50 yearsranging from entertaining themselves to picketing Disney. So it's no surprise at all if the generation Brian McLaren appeals to most wants to look for deeper meaning in Obama's notions of "justice."