A team of evangelical leaders launched a new group Monday to give a voice to Christians nationwide who feel their views are not represented during this year’s contentious presidential election.
The thirteen founding members of Public Faith, which include three people with ties to Nashville, want believers to help improve the divisive political culture instead of withdrawing from it entirely or fueling the hostility.
“We invite all Christians and those of good will to join us as we advocate for a perspective that challenges political parties with a better vision. We call on Christians to work within political parties to advocate these essential ideals and to change parties or create new ones when reform is no longer feasible,” the group’s vision statement says.
Public Faith is led by Michael Wear, who worked in the White House and directed faith outreach for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, and Alan Noble, a conservative professor and editor-in-chief of “Christ in Pop Culture.” The two friends began laying the groundwork for the group about 9 months ago as the developing presidential race highlighted the desperate need for a new model of political engagement, Wear said.
“That’s really the impetus especially with this election with evangelicals not having a comfortable home with the Republican nominee. We felt like it was important to do something before the election that allowed and provided a different, a renewed kind of Christian voice in politics,” Wear said.
Evangelical Christians are split on their support for Trump. The Republican nominee received an endorsement from Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., as well as staunch criticism from Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore.
Public Faith doesn’t ascribe to a particular political ideology nor does it think it’s the only valid Christian perspective. While some Christians may want to stay home in November because of the presidential race, Public Faith urges believers to show up on Election Day because of down-ballot issues and candidates.
SOURCE: Holly Meyer