Sarah Pulliam of Christianity Today has written an interesting article about the term “Christian Right” falling out of favor among some right-wing Christians.
As Pulliam correctly notes, labels that were embraced in one age can become epithets in later years.
Early in the twentieth century, many evangelical Christians embraced the term “fundamentalist”. But it fell out of favor — especially after the media began using the term as shorthand for religious extremism of all kinds.
Now “Christian Right” is losing appeal and I think I know why.
The label, I think, has been applied too broadly, to cover anyone who is both a.) an evangelical and b.) opposed to abortion. That’s too broad a brush.
I’m less certain, though, that the label should be abandoned completely. If someone is strongly Christian spiritually and firmly right-wing politically, I’m not sure why the term Christian Right (or Christian Conservative) would be offensive.
If it walks like a duck…