Several recent polls and a slew of new books suggest social-justice concerns are prompting evangelicals under the age of 30 to move left politically. As part of the largest religious group in the United States, their political allegiances are under particular scrutiny, especially during a cliffhanger election year.
Experts also are noting among younger evangelicals a desire for less institutional and more personal forms of faith. As author George Barna notes, they’re searching for "unique, highly personalized church experiences" that "render people’s spiritual lives more exciting," "novel," "personal" and "worthwhile" than what they experience in conventional church settings.
If these experts are correct, then it seems the average evangelical Christian somewhere in her 20s — let’s call her Eva — is looking for a religious community that emphasizes personal faith and a political movement that emphasizes social justice.Ryan Messmore is the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).