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Evangelicals may reassess post-election allegiance

The first decade of the millennium hopefully might be called the maturing of evangelical Christians. Many are seeing that they unfortunately misplaced their trust in politics and they are calling for a return to putting more efforts into their religious faith.

Misled by politicians, who promised to legislate morality while living on the seamy side of life, church people may be re-examining their role in government. Many may decide that the route to accomplishing their goals is to go back to their grass-root churches for direction.

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas may have said it best, that politics is the thing of least importance to Christians.

Some disillusioned leaders want churches to go back to the Great Commission from Jesus to be disciples making disciples and to teach them to obey his commands.

There's not a movement yet away from mega-church politics, but some leaders are beginning to say enough is enough. Ralph Reed used Christian Coalition followers to build his personal fortune. Jerry Falwell's brand of religion/politics is divisive and mean. Evangelist Ted Haggard's hypocrisy is despicable.

National leaders only pay attention to the political right when they need votes. They create phantom issues for political purposes.

Republicans are taking the corruption and scandal hits in Congress now, but both sides of the Congressional aisles need a thorough cleansing.

Taking religion into the political arena wasn't the answer. Thus, maybe a great number of ministers will return to what they do best and get out of politics.

Helping elect wholesome people to public office regardless of their political party is far better than churches acting on a political agenda.

Character counts.

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