Powerful Witness from a Position of Weakness

Bruce Ashford | December 1, 2016

Editors’ note: This year’s election season clearly revealed what many have long suspected: America is a deeply divided nation. What has caused this division? What is the way forward? How can evangelicals respond in a way that leads to healing and increased unity? The Gospel Coalition invited several writers and observers to explore those and related questions for an online symposium on the State of Evangelicalism.


The past decade in American politics has caused evangelical Christians to realize the extent to which we have been decentered socially, culturally, and politically. While we have seen some incremental progress in our advocacy for the pro-life position, we are experiencing consistent regression on other significant issues, such as religious liberty, human dignity, race relations, gender, and sexuality. Perhaps most painfully, evangelicals ourselves are divided about the way forward, as this recent president election revealed.

Whether or not evangelicals are responsible for President-elect Trump’s surprising victory, we must now unify and minister in weakness as we follow our crucified Savior. 

Christianity and the American Social Order

As the great American sociologist Philip Rieff (1922–2006) argued…

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