Christian conservatives are often lambasted these days for fixating on abortion and homosexuality, as if we have sexual hang-ups. Tony Campolo has said for years that the Religious Right has "hijacked" the Christian faith over such issues. Yesterday at the National Cathedral, Rick Warren, who said the country needs liberals and conservatives, lamented that Christians still are viewed as only "right wing." (I'm not quite sure how that is still possible, given that Pastor Warren is arguably the nation's most prominent evangelical himself.) Critics point out that the call to discipleship also involves addressing things like environmental stewardship, poverty, and racism. And in that they are right.
But with the persistent push in our culture toward both abortion and homosexual marriage, what would these critics have Christian conservatives do? Earlier this month, Al Gore came out in favor of gay marriage, stating, "Gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women ...1