I posted this piece almost two years ago, and subsequent events have demonstrated that this transition is (or has been) occurring. The news article linked is dated (and many more could now be added as further proof), but I think the final question remains valid.
Civic or Social?
Is there a trend developing? After a couple of decades of civic activism among Christians, are we now moving to social activism? It seems so. Christian leaders are becoming increasingly vocal about issues such as poverty, fairness, labor, etc.
Are they genuinely trying to reclaim important moral issues from the left? or is this the backlash from a perceived futility of civic reform?
Read this and let me know what you think.
Is this a legitimate transition, and if so, what can be done to prevent social activism from failing as dramatically as civic activism seems to have.