Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

The secular press of 2008 has fallen into the historic pattern of misjudging the power of the evangelical voting base. For nearly 30 years pundits have been saying that the Religious Right is about to expire. Despite the popular myth put forth by the Secular Left, the evangelical movement has never been led by a small group of masterminds or brilliant politicos. The Huckabee phenomenon shows that individuals with conscience and convictions are still ready to get involved politically. A relatively cashless campaign tapped into the hidden power of the enormous influence of the biblically oriented, evangelical movement.

The fact that many evangelical voters supported presidential candidate John McCain shows a thinking constituency that is making up its own mind instead of waiting for marching orders from headquarters. Further, this group sees its politics as an extension of their faith - not simply in terms of a commitment to a specific political party.

The GOP needs to tap into the energy of the faith community. In order to do this it has to create a faith friendly platform reflecting the greatest concerns facing evangelicals today. The movement has united around what it doesn’t want more than an image of what it does want. It did not have a pre-agreed upon list of priorities or a mandate form evangelicals that the majority of evangelicals had agreed upon with regard to economics, the war, and host of other important topics. The evangelical Christian movement has operated more like a mob than an army. Therefore, the movement has often been unable to execute cultural initiatives requiring sophisticated coordination, focus, and timing.

In a new book that Tony Perkins and I have written, we show that the Religious Right is actually growing. In fact, it is stronger than ever. What has been missing is a clear blue print for positive, visionary involvement in the political process. In Personal Faith, Public Policy, Perkins and I show the nature of our growing alliance and how we can champion seven issues together. Engaging the nation on these seven issues can change the entire direction of the 2008 elections. We believe that Christians would cross party lines if real answers were being given to America’s most urgent problems.

Our book addresses the following issues and a host of others including health care and the war:

1. The Value of Human Life

2. Immigration

3. Poverty and Justice

4. Racial Reconciliation

5. Religious Liberties

6. Rebuilding the Family

7. The Environment and Global Warming

Endorsed by Richard Land, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Senator Bill Frist, Congressman Mike Pence and a host of pastors and leaders around the nation; Personal Faith, Public Policy could be a blueprint for a spiritual awakening in our nation which will also revitalize the GOP. We believe that this book is a must read for every serious conservative or evangelical churchgoers in America. This book is available for pre-orders at Amazon.com and available in book stores everywhere March 4.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.