Evangelical Leader Notes That This Is Not Merely About One Candidate—Rather, Identity Politics ‘Lost Big Time’
at the Polls This Fall
November 10, 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The nation has not yet concluded a bruising election season, though millions of Americans have been praying for peace, reconciliation, and resolution ever since they voted in both the presidential race and in a variety of congressional, state, and local contests.
While the country’s future remains vastly unsettled as of now, Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), shares a noteworthy takeaway.
“The election is over, except it’s not over,” says Dr. Land. “The outcomes of many races are still undetermined, but we do know several things.”
Dr. Land notes significantly, “‘Identity politics’ lost big time. After an explosion of ‘wokeness’ and a ceaseless campaign to paint President Donald Trump as a ‘white supremacist,’ non-white voter, support for Trump and Republicans went up nationwide from 8 percent to 12 percent among blacks—and 28 percent to 32 percent for Hispanics.
“For Republicans, perhaps the most encouraging thing about the 2020 election was President Trump’s victory in Florida. Demographically, Florida—not California or Texas—is America’s ethnic future. The mix of non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, Blacks, and other minorities in Florida is where America is going in terms of ethnic mix. And Republicans won by a comfortable margin.
“The gap between President Trump and his Democrat opponent among non-whites was 7 points narrower than in 2016.”
As Dr. Land also explained in his piece in The Christian Post last week, “Identity politics emphasizes differences and grievances over common beliefs and allegiances to the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence—which this country and its citizens continue to seek to bring evermore fully into reality.”
Dr. Land shared additional election-related revelations last week in daily radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” a regular feature on which he discusses many timely topics. He also writes a regular weekly column for The Christian Post, where he serves as executive editor.
Land teaches classes at SES on a regular basis. Recently he taught a live-streaming ethics class from the perspective of biblical truth and natural law. Last month, SES offered a new class on “Christian Theology, Racism, and Social Justice.” Land was the “lead teacher” and welcomed Dr. Alveda King, Kay James, and Ralph Reed as prominent guest speakers who addressed various aspects of these issues. It was a live-streamed course.
SES will also be offering its premier “Philosophy, Politics and Economics” program this Spring. Offered primarily at just a few top-tier universities around the world, SES’s PPE program introduces students to a Christian perspective of how philosophy, politics and economics intersect, focusing on the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Karl Marx, Thomas Aquinas, Robert Sirico, Jay Richards and others. Encouraging and training Christians about these issues and helping believers learn how to defend their beliefs is why SES established the PPE programs. Learn more about this and other SES classes here or visit ses.edu/apply.
SES recently completed its premier annual conference in apologetics, which was boldly virtual in 2020. Over 1,500 attendees from approximately 28 states and Puerto Rico—and an estimated 23 different countries—heard from a record-breaking 75 speakers. All sessions are now posted online for on-demand viewing for attendees. As Dr. Land noted about SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) this year, “People can still become virtual apologetics ‘time-travelers’ and attend all the general sessions as well as the more than 100 workshops that were offered. When you pay a $30 registration, you can watch all of the sessions and workshops as many times as you desire until April 15, 2021—and you can have as many people watch them with you as you wish. The entire program of speakers is a great resource for Bible studies and prayer groups as well.”
To learn more about the NCCA virtual conference, visit conference.ses.edu. For 27 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has given believers the tools, knowledge, and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.
To interview Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary, contact Hamilton Strategies, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.