USA Today has an interesting story on the “new guard” of evangelical leaders:
Pastors like Hunter, Warren, Hybels, Jakes and Page have a shared vision.
They want to change the tone of the national political debate, making it less confrontational, and to open the movement to tactical coalitions with mainline Christian denominations, other faiths and even liberal secularists on a broad spectrum of issues.
True, on cultural touchstone issues such as abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research, there is no difference between the Old Guard and the New Guard: All are equally opposed. But the younger pastors want to broaden the evangelical agenda beyond what Hunter calls “below the belt” issues linked to sexuality. For them, people of faith should engage issues such as AIDS, Darfur, economic justice, war and peace, prison reform and human trafficking.
Yet one more reason that squabbling over who’s been pro-life longer is an utter waste of time–believe it or not, there are other battles to fight.