Al Mohler is rapidly becoming the voice of conservative evangelicalism, but he doesn’t speak for all evangelicals. Like me, Miguel De La Torre is a guest blogger with the Associated Baptist Press where this piece originally appeared. Miguel provides an alternative evangelical take on the election and its meaning. Miguel De La Torre is professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver and an ordained Baptist minister. Also like me, Miguel is a graduate of the school of which Al Mohler is currently president, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY. AGB
One evangelical voice was conspicuous in the aftermath of President Obama’s re-election Nov. 7, but it isn’t the only one.
By Miguel De La Torre
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., was quoted widely concerning the re-election of President Barack Obama. If afforded equal time, here’s how I would respond to comments attributed to him Nov. 8 on NPR, the New York Times on Nov. 9 and his blog on Nov. 7.
Mohler: “Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in. I think this was an evangelical disaster” (New York Times).
De La Torre: Brother Al, you confuse evangelicalism with white, male America. Continuing to fuse white/right political leaning with the message of Christ does a disservice to the gospel. (more…)