Politico Read: How the Future of Evangelical Christianity in the United States, is Being Decided at Liberty University Today

Yesterday Politico published an article that this blog believes is one of the finest journalistic articles on the controversial evangelical school. Two generations at Liberty University are in conflict over what it means to be a Christian. Will it be political? Or will it be spiritual? However Liberty University ends up will influence the debate in larger evangelical Christianity. This article by Maggie Severns is a must read.

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Jerry Prevo

This blog subscribes to five newspapers and reads, and scans a large volume of news sources. And that doesn’t include all the newsletters from denominations, churches, and ministries that I sign up for. One of my must reads is Politico which is a breakaway news organization of journalists from the Washington Post. There focus is on politics and government. However, when Christian nationalism started to become more of an issue I discovered that Politico started to cover and break stories that were solid to read. Yesterday when I pulled up Politico I saw, what this blog considers to be one of their best reporting pieces. Its about Liberty University and ties the issues at the school to the larger issues in evangelical Christianity. 

Liberty is split between the older culture warriors who have made faith and politics one; and the younger students who just want the school to focus on faith. Tension is growing as the older culture warriors are doubling down and purging people from positions of leadership or influence. You have to remember that Jerry Prevo was deeply close to Jerry Falwell Sr and walks in the shadow of his footsteps. This article looks at the issues at Liberty and the role Jonathan Falwell could play in a new capacity. This article talks about the struggle between two different generations on the blurring of faith and politics., and what this battles means as people under 50 walk away from faith and God and the country becomes more secular. This is a solid piece and if you want to grasp what is being debated at Liberty University today and its impact on greater evangelicalism, this article is the one to read. The name of the article is called, “An Evangelical Battle of the Generations: To Embrace Trump or Not?

3 thoughts on “Politico Read: How the Future of Evangelical Christianity in the United States, is Being Decided at Liberty University Today

  1. The thing not in favor of the Old Guard is TIME. Most of these are aging Boomer culture warriors and in 10 years most of them will be dead. The demographics of the US are changing and we are becoming less white, less Christian, and more diverse. Ironically, the _only_ reason the US birth rate is at or slightly above replacement levels (unlike say most of Europe) is because of immigration and other ethnic groups and nationalities. This is why these aging Boomer have been able to get their Social Security.

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    • The thing not in favor of the Old Guard is TIME.

      All the more impetus to Take Over NOW and Lock Things in FOREVER.
      Whether it is Death or Rapture that approaches to say “Time’s Up!”
      (Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick…)

      P.S. Liberty U has a separate President and Chancellor; I wonder why Junior didn’t combine the two with the new title “Fuehrer”.

      “Propaganda —
      THE! REICH! WILL! RISE!
      THE! REICH! WILL! RISE!
      TO LAST A THOUSAND YEARS!”
      — Sabaton, “Rise of Evil”

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