It was a meeting of 100 evangelical leaders and political activists. We had gathered in Washington to strategize our response to the rising tides of anti-Christian bias.

A friend I greatly respect was speaking, citing one example after another. They were bizarre stories: like the high-school students informed that they could not wear their Fellowship of Christian Athletes T-shirts to school (though satanic T-shirts were okay); or the court decision forcing Zion, Illinois, to change its 88-year-old city seal because it included religious symbols. Or the fact that The Last Temptation of Christ was shown in an Albuquerque high school, while the Genesis Project’s Jesus film, whose script is all Scripture, would not be allowed near school grounds.

“Enough is enough,” my friend concluded, as hearty “Amens” filled the room. Evangelicals, he argued, should take a cue from the Jews, who battled prejudice by creating an antidefamation league. We should do the same thing.

He was interrupted by thunderous applause, mine included. We have been discriminated against long enough, and it’s time we fought back.

But as I looked around the room I began to experience a sinking sensation. In a mere decade, the 1980s’ Moral Majority has become the 1990s’ persecuted minority.

Christian Defeatism

This Washington meeting was symptomatic of a growing sense of despair and defeatism in evangelical ranks that I’ve witnessed around the country. James Dobson, whose radio appeals in the past have short-circuited the Capitol switchboard, has publicly lamented declining evangelical interest in public issues. For example, in Focus on the Family’s back yard, Pomona, California, more homosexuals than Christians turned out to lobby the city council over a pending ...

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