" We Evangelicals have failed to pass on to our young people an orthodox form of faith that can take root and survive the secular onslaught. Ironically, the billions of dollars we've spent on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, and media has produced a culture of young Christians who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it. Our young people have deep beliefs about the culture war, but do not know why they should obey scripture, the essentials of
theology, or the experience of spiritual discipline and community. Coming
generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and
unprepared for culture-wide pressures. "
Evangelicals have identified their movement with the culture war and with
political conservatism. This will prove to be a very costly mistake.
Evangelicals will increasingly be seen as a threat to cultural progress. Public
leaders will consider us bad for America, bad for education, bad for children,
and bad for society.
The evangelical investment in moral, social, and political issues has
depleted our resources and exposed our weaknesses. Being against gay marriage
and being rhetorically pro-life will not make up for the fact that massive
majorities of Evangelicals can't articulate the Gospel with any coherence. We
fell for the trap of believing in a cause more than a faith.
Yes, that is it exactly! We believed more in a cause than the Gospel.