The “lived religion” of the evangelical left

Richard Cizik, former Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, launched the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good in 2010.

This post from the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good highlights several important elements of the evangelical left. First, it emphasizes the communitarian ideal of the evangelical left. Most reject the individualism of libertarian thought, arguing that the New Testament inscribes a sense of obligation to your neighbor (and enemy). In this case, the NEPCG is advocating for the mentally ill and children. Second, it reveals some of the movement’s spiritual practices: fasting, prayer, and advocacy for the “least of these.”

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Monday at 1 p.m., I am joining hundreds of people of faith across the nation to fast for 23 hours, symbolizing the 23 hours per day that tens of thousands of Americans, including children and the mentally ill, are warehoused in solitary confinement.

The fast will be held in conjunction with the first-ever Senate hearing on the use of solitary confinement in the U.S. federal prison system.

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