Can Democracy And Evangelical Christianity Co-Exist?

I used to think the answer was yes.

Dan Foster
Backyard Church
Published in
8 min readJun 11, 2024

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When I was a young, hardcore Bible-believing Evangelical, I believed that it was my personal responsibility to rescue as many people as possible from the debaucherous and immoral lives they were living so that they might be saved from the bowels of Hell.

It was a tough and entirely unnecessary burden for a young person to carry, but I took the responsibility seriously. After all, I didn’t want anyone to go to Hell, and I didn’t want God to be disappointed with me for not trying to show people the error of their ways and save their souls.

As part of my mission to “save” the world, I would regularly scale the tallest hill in my city, from which you could look out over the whole town. On top of that hill was a water tower that shot up into the sky like the index finger of God himself.

I would climb up that water tower, look out over the city, stretch my arms up to the heavens, and pray with all my might that God would bring revival and that people would come to see the light, just as I had. Praying is the wrong word for it. It was more like pleading — through tears — as if God was somehow indifferent to the plight of the people below and needed someone like me to get his attention.

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Dan Foster
Backyard Church

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