[Read an update to this post here]
The New York Times has a decent story up about the "new breed" of Evangelical Christians:
Typified by megachurch pastors like the Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., and the Rev. Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago, the new breed of evangelical leaders — often to the dismay of those who came before them — are more likely to speak out about more liberal causes like AIDS, Darfur, poverty and global warming than controversial social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.I think I speak for a large portion of this generation of Christians when I say: It's about damn time.
As tempting as picketing abortion clinics with pictures of dead babies may be, it's important to realize: Every day, people are dying of preventable causes. Children go without food and water, and die of starvation/dehydration. AIDS continues to spread rampantly in Africa. And genocide and war ravage many parts of the world as I type these words.
And that's not even talking about the environment; God gave us charge of his creation and we've been doing a crappy job of taking care of it. It's time to step up and make sure that we don't leave a desolate and uninhabitable wasteland for our descendants.
The NYTimes article ends a little bit ominously:
There are other signs of attitude changes among younger evangelicals. Recent surveys conducted by the Barna Group show that younger “born again” Christians are more accepting of homosexuality than older ones and are less resistant to affording gays equal rights. But on abortion, they remain almost as conservative as their parents — more fodder for both political parties to weigh as they consider the future.In other words, although our generation can put aside gay marriage and divorce as a major, divisive issues, the abortion question is one that will probably remain unresolved in our lifetimes. Still don't know how I feel about this one...