When did Southern Baptists decide that the mission of the church was to "save the culture" and convert people to our "worldview?" Whatever became of sharing the gospel one-on-one and persuading people (not culture) to follow Jesus (not a worldview) by "the foolishness of preaching" (not by legislation, adjudication, or indoctrination)?
Why does Yeats minimize the theocratic impulse among right-wing evangelicals? He says it is "laughable and borders on the absurd." Yet, his own thinking is either clearly theocratic or else Dominionist themes resonate so thoroughly in his mind that he cannot see the similarity. For example, just two paragraphs before he laughs at the idea of evangelical theocrats, Yeats says,
"Tolerance now means the acceptance and equalization of every lifestyle philosophy, except for evangelical Christianity."What's the difference between what Yeats is saying and what Rousas J. Rushdoony said when he denounced democracy as heresy because,
“In the name of toleration, the believer is asked to associate on a common level of total acceptance with the atheist, the pervert, the criminal, and the adherents of other religions.”
It seems to me that all Yeats does is disguise the same apology for intolerance by framing it in the mythology about evangelical Christians being persecuted. As I've said before, this mythology is really about Christians not being able to dominate the stage or takeover the public square.