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I can think of no better day than Resurrection Sunday to let Jesus out of the tomb. For too many years, Evangelicals have mindlessly reduced the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior to a political and social agenda designed to make people behave better. And in God’s divine providence it has come a cropper. So rather than wringing our hands over Roe v. Wade, the ban on school prayer and other action items, maybe its time to remind ourselves that Jesus didn’t die for Republicans, Southern Baptists or supply-siders. He died for sinners. And even if we could pray our rosaries, cross our fingers,  hold our breathe and make the world a more moral place––that has never been Christ’s mission:

Leading evangelicals have admitted that their association with George W. Bush has not only hurt the cause of social conservatives but contributed to the failure of the key objectives of their 30-year struggle.

James Dobson, 72, who resigned recently as head of Focus on the Family – one of the largest Christian groups in the country – and once denounced the Harry Potter books as witchcraft, acknowledged the dramatic reverse for the religious Right in a farewell speech to staff.

“We tried to defend the unborn child, the dignity of the family, but it was a holding action,” he said.

“We are awash in evil and the battle is still to be waged. We are right now in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly speaking, we can say we have lost all those battles.”

Despite changing the political agenda for a generation, and helping push the Republicans to the Right, evangelicals have won only minor victories in limiting the availability of abortion. Meanwhile the number of states permitting civil partnerships between homosexuals is rising, and the campaign to restore prayer to schools after 40 years – a decision that helped create the Moral Majority – has got nowhere.

But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us – Romans 5:8

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