Kevin DeYoung had a great way of looking at race, politics and gender in a way that may be more gracious than some of the other approaches of pigeon holing those we disagree with. Highly encourage the read. To whet your appetite, here is a sample table from his article using his four types of people and applying it to certain issues.
Table 2 (Politics and Gender)
|Trump||Christian Nationalism||Wearing Masks||Sexual Abuse||Gender Roles|
|Contrite||No! The church’s allegiance to Trump is the clearest sign of its spiritual bankruptcy.||One of the biggest problems in our day, a dangerous ideology at home in most conservative white churches||I feel unsafe and uncared for when masks aren’t worn—besides Covid affects minority communities worse than others||It’s about time the church owned this scandal, believes victims, and calls out perpetrators and their friends||The problem is toxic masculinity and unbiblical stereotypes|
|Compassionate||A matter of Christian liberty, but there are good reasons to criticize Trump||Too many Christians are letting their politics shape their religion||It’s one small but important way to love your neighbor||Sympathize with victims, vow to do better||Traditional views are good, but many dangers come from our own mistakes|
|Careful||A matter of Christian liberty, but there are good reasons someone might have voted for Trump||Christian symbols and rhetoric supporting insurrection is bad, but the term itself needs more definition.||Probably overblown and a bit frustrating, but let’s just get through this||Each case and each accusation should be looked at on its own merits||We need a strong, joyful celebration of biblical manhood and womanhood|
|Courageous||Yes! He’s not perfect, but he stood up to the anti-God agenda of the left.||A new label meant to smear Christians who want to see our country adhere to biblical principles||A sign of the government encroaching on our liberties||A real tragedy, but so is demonizing good people||The problem is feminism and emasculated men|
Why Reformed Evangelicalism Has Splintered: Four Approaches to Race, Politics, and Gender